Ahead of this Saturday’s rerun election in parts of Bayelsa State, the state governor, Senator Douye Diri has warned politicians against heating up the state in their quest to secure victory.
The rerun was ordered by INEC because elections for the Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency seat and the Ogbia Constituency 2 seat in the state house of assembly were inconclusive.
The governor said on Sunday at the Easter Sunday church service that the stakeholders should avoid those things that led to the election in those constituencies to be put off.
Diri remarked that in the spirit of Easter, politicians should see politics as a means to serve the people and not engage in actions that negate value for the lives of people they intend to serve.
He also urged politicians and their followers to close ranks after the general election, stressing that Bayelsa can only move forward when there is unity and love towards one another.
His words: “No power could prevent Jesus from resurrecting and no power will hold anyone or Bayelsa State down.
“As you already know, for us as a government, it is about how we can live in peace and harmony. We have rejected cultism and it can never be part of us again. If we believe in the resurrection power, we must show love and sacrifice like Jesus and God did.
“My message is very clear. We have seen the resurrection and its power. Whatever that was dead in our lives, the power of resurrection will affect it.
“As Ijaw people, we live by the truth and we will indeed be set free. Elections have come and gone. Whatever our differences were, let us put them aside. It is time for reconciliation.
“The power of government is to do good, to be compassionate, to bring development and ensure peace.
“On April 15, we have rerun elections. Let me use this opportunity to again make this call. Our purpose is to serve the people. So, in this rerun poll, what led to it should not repeat itself. That was a bad publicity for Bayelsa State.
“I also call on INEC and the security agencies to do their job. Democracy is about the people and not politicians. Let us go as brothers and sisters to the rerun election. All I ask for as governor of this state is peace and for us to be civil.”