Gov Douye Diri
Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa state has issued a warning to traditional rulers, stating that they would be dethroned if they support electoral violence during the November 11 elections in the state.
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.”