Governor Diri reads riot act to monarchs, youth bodies

Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has warned that the state government will dethrone any monarch or de-recognize youth associations in any community that electoral violence is perpetrated.

Governor Diri sounded the warning before a mammoth crowd during the flag-off of the Bayelsa Central senatorial campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Peace Park in Yenagoa.

He said monarchs were expected to remain non-partisan and neutral in political activities, noting that politics should be about exercising one’s franchise through the ballot and not about violence and death.

On aspirants that ignored the party’s constitution by resorting to litigation, the governor advised them to jettison their action, urging them to always use internal mechanisms in the party to resolve disputes.

Governor Diri enjoined those who are aggrieved to sink their differences and unite to make the party more formidable for the upcoming elections.

The state’s helmsman equally enjoined Bayelsans to turn out en masse to vote for all PDP candidates at the presidential, senatorial and state House of Assembly elections.

The Governor charged party agents, who he described as the livewire of the party, to be vigilant during the elections while expressing optimism that the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) would go a long way in checking electoral malpractices.