After the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, the Governors in South South Nigerian states, like the proverbial one-legged cricket that begins digging its hole early, have stressed the need for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the will of the people in the region and other states was not subverted come 2019. 

The choice of the people in the general election must be respected, they are saying. 

This subtle warning ahead of the 2019 general election, according to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, was part of the discussion the Governors had with President Buhari when they met with him about a week ago. 

Governor Dickson revealed part of what was discussed with President Buhari at the closed-door meeting when he received members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State. 

He had told the defectors that the APC would not win any election in Bayelsa State, and also requested that other members of the APC should join the PDP and move the state forward. 

"We have the secret and technique of how to defeat federal might in governorship election and we have improved on this technique. We are waiting," he said.

Talking about the meeting held with President Buhari, Governor Dickson said: "A message to the President and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

"I mentioned to him threes days ago when I led the South-South Governors, that he should not allow the authority of any state to be undermined.

"He should not allow the peace and stability of any state to be subverted on flimsy partisan political considerations.

"I led the team. In addition to the other issues.

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"What I want to say is that he should not allow criminals masquerading as political leaders to use his name, authority, influence and security officials to intimidate and subvert the peace and stability of this state and of the Niger Delta region," he stressed.

The state is battling to contain activities of cult groups and other crimes, but the Governor said: "My colleagues and I and hardworking security people have worked hard to maintain stability. Is it not so?

"This our state is recognised as the most peaceful state in Nigeria and we want to keep it so.

"Even if he gives them army, police and INEC, even in their families, they cannot win elections.

"Some of them cannot win in their villages. People from our party are the ones that will win elections in their villages," he said.

At the meeting with the President were Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State, Emmanuel Udom of Awak Ibom and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State among others. 

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