National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has condemned what he described as the use of gutter language by the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson ahead of November 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
Oshiomhole who spoke in Abuja on Thursday at a meeting with APC stakeholders from Bayelsa state said Dickson’s resort to raw language to describe the APC’s candidate, David Lyon showed that he is afraid of the impending defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next month’s poll.
“When a governor describes one of his own purely on the account of his political differences, using the name of terrorists and such things like that, then he has missed it already.
“And I can understand his fears, if people who go to borrow labels and assume that they are the leaders of the Ijaws and that they are the lions when they see the real and authentic lion, they are sure to be afraid.
“So APC rejects and condemn in strong term the raw language unbecoming of a governor, by a man I otherwise admired, the way he has described our candidate.
“We will not come to his own level. On this occasion, we will invoke a popular statement made by Michelle Obama at the peak of the last presidential election in the US when she said: “When they go low, we fly high.
“So when Dickson goes low, we will fly high. we will not join him in using gutter language to describe neither his office or his person, or even their candidate who is about to be defeated.
“We recognise he has a right to be selected by his party, we believe our candidate is better than his candidate and we believe he will provide, better, popular-driven, people-oriented governance, not elitist governance for the people of Bayelsa state.
“Let me use this opportunity to reply directly to my friend, Governor Dickson of Bayelsa. I think he has allowed his fears, lack self-confidence, the imminent defeat that await him and his party to overcloud his judgement as to resorting in the use of inelegant language and uncouth statement to describe one of his own and a fellow citizen of Bayelsa.
“When a governor describes one of his own purely on the account of his political differences, using the name of terrorists and such things like that, then he has missed it already” Oshiomhole said.