Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has issued a warning to leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against unauthorized use of his name as Chairman of the party’s Governors Forum to issue statements.
This is contained in a statement signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Fidelis Soriwei.
He condemned in strong terms unacceptable conduct of using his name without seeking his clarifications and consent to make comments on national issues.
The governor said while he was reputed for making comments on sensitive national issues, it was odd and criminal for any person or group of persons to make attributions to him in statements he did not authorize.
While warning those behind the deplorable act to desist forthwith, governor Dickson stressed that to avoid misrepresentation, it was a conventional standard for him to be consulted on all statements .
He therefore directed that every statement from the forum must be personally authorized by him.
He said: “It has come to my attention that some members of the People’s Democratic Party are using my name to issue statements without seeking my consent and approval especially on issues involving the PDP Governors Forum.
Everyone knows that I am capable of taking positions on national issues. Cowards should not hide under my name and that of the forum to make statements. I have always made statements on issues that I am passionate about without any fear.
“I condemn in very strong terms any tendency to willfully use my name to issue statement without my consent. It is reprehensible, condemnable and must stop forthwith.
“Henceforth all statements emanating from the PDP Governors Forum must be authorized personally by me.” the governor added.
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