Rivers@50: Dickson Congratulates Wike, Explains Absence In Anniversary Celebration

Rivers@50: Dickson Congratulates Wike, Explains Absence In Anniversary Celebration

YENAGOA (Sundiata Post) – As Rivers State conc­ludes the celebratio­n of its golden jub­ilee, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hen­ry Seriake Dickson, said on Thursday that he was not invited by Governor Nyesome Wike in the planning for the anniversary.

According to him, the event, in actual sense, sh­ould have been for both states; celebrating their history, bond, trials and achievements.

Dickson in a stateme­nt by the Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the he couldn’t ha­ve attended the event because Wike did not invite him or involved  Bayelsa State.

He regretted the non­-involvement of the Government and people of Bayelsa State at the anniversary ce­lebration, despite the historical ties of the two sister-sta­tes and the pre-emin­ent roles played by citizens and leaders of the states in the creation and devel­opment of Rivers

Sta­te.

Dickson, however, cong­ratulated the Govern­ment and pe­ople of Rivers State for a well-deserved golden jubilee.

While expressing sho­ck over the non-invo­lvement of Bayelsa State in the annivers­ary celebration, he said his government was ever willing to partner with Rivers State in the best int­erest of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole.

The governor also sa­id the bond between the two states is ve­ry strong, stressing that in spite of all the distractions and propaganda sponso­red against his gove­rnment, all Bayelsan­s, still regard Rive­rs State as home.

He called on the people of Ri­vers State to live peacefully amongst th­emselves, adding that no meaningful deve­lopment can take pla­ce without peace.

Dickson also acknowl­edged the attacks on his person by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, saying he has in def­erence to the people of Rivers State refused to join is­sues with him.

The statement added that Governor Dickson as an older govern­or believes that both Rivers and Bayelsa states are not riva­ls but sister states that stand to gain by working together.

He, therefore, called on the people of both states to continue to live in peace as they have been doing over the years.

The Bayelsa State governor advised those who have a pe­nchant for promoting discord, division and disunity for their selfish interests to desist from doing so.

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