Seriake Dickson Rejects Outcome of Bayelsa Guber Results
Gov. Seriake Dickson says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would challenge the result of Nov. 16 Bayelsa governorship election in court.
David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the election after polling 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival, Duoye Diri of PDP, who scored 143,172 votes.
Dickson, however, said he would set up a transition committee to work out modalities for smooth handover on Feb. 14, 2020.
“Our candidate, Sen. Douye Diri and the party chairman have been speaking about the charade called election that took place in Bayelsa on Saturday, and the invasion of our state by security forces.
“The dehumanisation of our people and how the majority of the areas and in places, where our people were denied the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.
“The story is all out there that what took place in the state on Nov. 16 was not a democratic election.
“So, today, I’m here to add my voice to all that has been said already, and it was so brazen, it has never been like this in this state before,” he said.
Dickson added: “I know that in 2015, we went through a very though time, there was displayed of federal might, but at least, it was not as bad as this.”
He said that the endorsement of Mr Lyon by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was regrettable and a ploy by the APC to strategically take over the state.
“Jonathan remains my oga and I respect him, but there are lots of efforts by certain interest to create a rift between us, there is no politician that has been there for the former president than me,” Dickson said.