Bayelsa Election: Amaechi, Wike, Seriake Reacts to APC Victory

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Bayelsa Election: Amaechi, Wike, Seriake has Reacted to APC Victory in the Just concluded Governorship Election in Bayelsa State.


Bayelsa decides: What Amaechi said about Lyon’s victory

Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, on Tuesday congratulated David Lyon, the Governor-elect of Bayelsa State.

Amaechi told News Men in Abuja that the victory was a testimony of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administrative transformations.

He lauded the APC-led Federal Government for genuinely working to alleviate poverty and tackle litany of economic challenges confronting the nation, which according to him, is yielding results.

The minister, who is also an APC chieftain in the South-South, described the victory as the beginning of APC’s future glories in the geopolitical zone.

“We thank God and congratulations to all the victors,’’ Amaechi said.

The APC gubernatorial candidate, David Lyon, won in six of the state’s eight local government areas.

He defeated his closest rival, Sen. Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, who captured only two local governments.

The Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, declared Lyon winner, having polled 352,552 votes to defeat Diri, who polled 143,172 votes.

The six local government areas won by the APC are Brass, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, Ekeremor and Yenagoa while the PDP won in the Sagbama and Kolokuma/Opokuma local government areas.

Bayelsa guber: Wike reacts to APC’s victory, reveals enemies’ next target

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Tuesday, reacted to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s defeat in Bayelsa State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election after polling 352,552 votes.

Lyon defeated his closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 143,172 votes.

Reacting to PDP’s defeat, Wike said Rivers was the “next target of the enemies.”

Wike spoke during a courtesy visit by Amayanabo of Wakrike Kingdom, Okrika and prominent chiefs of Okrika and was contained in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.

According to Wike: “Unfortunately, one of our states is gone to enemies. But God will help us.

“For us who are from Rivers State, we should know that there will be an attack on us because the enemy has entered our territory. They will attack us, but with your prayer, Rivers State will prevail.”

Wike also declared that his government belongs to all people of the state, stressing that his administration is not a government for any particular group in the state.

The governor stated that the primary goal of his administration was to promote the interest of Rivers State.

He said: “This Government is not a Government of you are from here or there. My Government is a Government of Rivers State. It is not a Government of a particular place.

“Anything that will promote the interest of Rivers State is what I will do. You can be my sister state, if you want to take what belongs to Rivers State, I will not agree. I will not sell Rivers State for any cost. Let’s be our brother’s keeper.”

Wike praised the Okrika people for the role they played during the last elections.

“The role you played during the last elections, showed that when you give your support, you give your support. People should be known for something.

“If you give your word, you give your word. In all my political career, I have seen that when Okrika people say they want to do something, they will do it. You are different and I commend you “, he said.

Governor Wike warned people against bearing arms, saying that it negates the principle of peace.

He said: “The only reason why people get arms is that the Nigerian Army is now part of elections.”

Wike urged the monarch to use his position to promote peace and development in Okrika. He appealed to him to carry all interest groups along.

He informed that the Rivers State Government will approach the State House of Assembly for the amendment of the name of the stool to read: “the Amanyanabo of Okrika ” as requested by the Traditional Ruler.

In his remarks, the Amanyanabo of Wakrike Kingdom, Okrika, King Alfred Sementari Abam congratulated the Rivers State Governor on his re-election and the confirmation of his victory by the Supreme Court.

He said that the re-election of Governor Wike was because of his outstanding performance and projects delivery.

He, however, appealed to the Rivers State Governor to ensure that the name of the stool is changed from Amayanabo of Wakrike Kingdom, Okrika to Amanyanabo of Okrika.

David Lyon’s emergence as Bayelsa Governor-elect, a military coup against our democracy — Gov. Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, has said the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Bayelsa State, was a military coup against the nation’s democracy.

Dickson, also reiterated his rejection on the outcome of the November 16th Governorship election that threw up the flagbearer of the All Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon as Governor-Elect.

According to him, the just-concluded governorship election in the state was a democratic coup perpetrated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against Bayelsans, calling on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supporters to remain calm as moves are on to reclaim the mandate of the people at the Election Petition Tribunal.

Gov. Seriake Dickson, who made his position known at a world Press Conference held at the State Government Lodge, said “So, today, I’m here to lend my voice to all that had been said already, and it was so brazen.

“It has never been like this in this state before, I know that in 2015, we went through a very tough time.

“There was high display of federal might, but at least, it was not as bad as this, this year, not only was the Nigerian Army directed to take over our state, not only did the police who claimed that they have over thirty thousand men and officers on ground were looking the other way while our people were held down in Nembe and no step was taken.

“Either to protect the people or to hold those who did that dastardly act responsible, that was the first time that people were mowed down and killed, some ribs open in Nembe, and thrown into the river, up till now no arrest, we know that APC leaders plotted and carried out that acts.

“Voters did not have the courage to go out and vote in Nembe, and yet you saw the results that were turned in from Nembe, and INEC, which has invested so much resources, not task payers money, but our oil money never bothered about the processes but accepted and collated the votes from Nembe, where no voting take place, people were gathered together, INEC officials held at gunpoint and they were thumb printing, so what took place in Bayelsa was not an election, it was a carefully planned federally executed operations,” he said.

Dickson pointed out that PDP and its candidate, Senator Douye Diri never lost any election, but that the All Progressives Congress (APC) used its federal might to hijack the process.

The governor, who also disclosed that he will set up a transition committee to work out modalities for the smooth transition of power in the state come February 14, 2020, said that with the way the last weekend election was hijacked, the people of the state were denied the rights to vote for the governor of their choice.

Dickson said: “Our candidate, Senator Douye Diri and the party Chairman have been speaking about the charade called ‘Election’ that took place in Bayelsa last Saturday, and the invasion of our state by security forces of our country and about the dehumanization of our people and how the majority of the areas and in places, where our people were denied the rights to vote for the governor of their choice.

“The story is all out there that what took place in Bayelsa on the 16 and 17 of November was not a democratic election, it was a military coup against our democracy, it was the height of conspiracy by the federal government and the security agencies and with the umpire (INEC) colluding and enabling in most cases the subversion of the democratic rights of our people for the sole purpose of achieving a pre-determined conclusion, I think that the story is all out.

“I need to commend the peaceful people of Bayelsa, I know our people have been mourning, forget the stage-managed series of celebrations by few APC supporters, but in general, our people are in mourning, our dignity has been invaded and ravaged, with the complicity of the institutions, which by the law and the constitution are there to give credible and peaceful election.”

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