500 workers in the Bayelsa civil service have been picked out by the Seriake Dickson administration for punishment for supporting the All Progressives Congress in the 9 January supplementary poll. According to The Punch reports, the affected workers might be deprived of their December and January salaries as part of the punishment. It is believed that the government had setup a committee to take note of the workers who were supporting the opposition before and during the election. Their names are said to have been sent to the Due Process Bureau, which is in charge of the automated payroll system for necessary action. An affected worker said the Head of Service, Peter Singabele had confirmed the situation when they enquired from him.
“After the accountant told us that our names have been removed from the payroll because we had sympathy for the APC, we went to the Due Process, and there, we were told us to go to the HoS.
“On his part, the HoS told us that it is the truth of the matter and that the instruction was from the Secretary to the State Government office,” he said.
Dickson was re-elected governor beating Timipre Sylva of the APC and Moses Siasia of the Peoples Democratic Movement at the 9 January supplementary election.
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