Bayelsa State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 11 gubernatorial election, Douye Diri, has warned that any traditional ruler that backs election violence in his domain would be dethroned by his administration.
Naija News reports that Diri issued the warning when he led the PDP, governorship campaign team on a visit to the palace of the Okpo XXI of Okpoama Kingdom, King Ebitimi Banigo, at Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said political parties and their supporters should be allowed to canvass for votes with any form of molestation.
While thanking the Okpoama monarch, the council of chiefs and other stakeholders for their royal blessings and warm reception, Diri urged them to sustain the prevailing peace in the state before, during and after the election.
He said, “Let me caution that any traditional ruler that connives to breach the peace during the election risks being dethroned by my administration. We will not condone electoral violence as a government that upholds democratic principles.
“Political parties and their supporters should be allowed to canvass for votes without molestation.”
He explained that the road was simply for the economic benefits to the state and country.
The governor said that the decision to embark on the project, which is a federal road in the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, was borne out of his strong desire to create access to the Atlantic Ocean in order to harness its abundant natural resources.