Naija News Recalls that Dickson made the accusation during the official inauguration of the gubernatorial campaign teams and secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, in Yenagoa.
The Bayelsa Governorship election is scheduled to hold on the 16th of November, 2019.
Dickson said the APC wants to promote violence in different communities in Bayelsa State.
“Consider what would happen if things were to happen otherwise, none of you will spend a week in Bayelsa State. APC is presenting a ticket of militancy, terrorism, cultism and criminality, it’s going to be a government of criminals and cultist,” the governor said.
Reacting in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa, the state chapter of APC described the Bayelsa governor as a habitual deceptor and mudslinger.
The party said the Dickson always tries to hide his nervousness by defaming the opponent, when jittery and faced with tough political opposition.
“At its elemental level, Governor Dickson’s deception machine has essentially run on creating falsehood around formidable opponents as a ploy to justify intended poll rigging and violence,” the statement said.
“The most basic step in this criminal strategy, as the whole world is witnessing currently, has always been to identify intimidating rivals they cannot stand in a fair poll, cast mud at them, and then activate an electoral manipulation process, using thugs, corrupt officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and some dishonest security personnel.
“The immoral scheme had worked for Dickson in the past, but it will never work again.”
Throwing its own accusation back, the APC said Governor Dickson has converted the Bayelsa State Government House into a den of thieves and criminals.
The Bayelsa opposition party said Dickson and the PDP are a band of tricksters devoid of ideas and integrity.
The APC added, “If not, why would a serious politician spend all his energy calling out and singing the name of an opponent at a campaign launch when the electorate are eager to hear and see what the one seeking their vote has in stock for them. As always, this demonstrates the emptiness of Dickson and his gang.”.