The All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties in Bayelsa State have been guaranteed of appropriate protection during their campaign rallies ahead of the state's governorship election on December 5.
On request, the Governor also authorized the relevant government agencies to allow the APC and other political parties to hold political rallies at the state's Samson Siasia sports facility and other venues.
Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Dickson's Chief Press Secretary, signed a Government House statement that was made available to newsmen in Yenagoa on Wednesday.
Following the Governor's commitment to providing a level playing field as well as the peaceful conduct of political activities in the State ahead of the governorship election on December 5, according to the statement.
In order to ensure that all political rallies and campaigns in the state are held in a calm and lawful environment, the Governor also promised necessary protection.
He stated that as the state's Chief Security Officer, he has a responsibility to ensure that citizens' lives and property are protected and that people are able to carry out their legitimate tasks without being harassed.
The need to check hoodlums who might wish to take advantage of such gatherings to break the state's existing peace and security, according to Dickson, forced him to provide proper protection for all political activities.
The necessity to checkmate the efforts of those unhappy politicians who would capitalize on the situation to create a state of instability only to cast his administration in a negative light before the nation, he claimed, was also behind his move.
During and after the campaigns and election, however, the statement warned that any acts of indiscipline and illegal behavior will be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.
"In order to maintain peace in the state, political parties are responsible for persuading their members to behave well before, during, and after demonstrations and campaigns."