Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has issued warnings against people using his name as the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), to promote statements that do not have his approval.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei on Tuesday, he condemned the conduct of some persons who used his name without seeking his consent to make comments on national issues.
Dickson who is reputable for lending his voice on sensitive national issues considers it criminal for any person or group to make reference to him in relation to comments which he did not officially permit.
He warned those behind the act to desist forthwith.
He stressed that it was the conventional standard for him to be consulted on all statements in order to avoid being misrepresented.
Dickson directed that every statement from the forum must be personally authorised by him.
He said, “It has come to my attention that some members of the PDP 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 authorised personally by me.”