The All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa has alleged the state governor, Seriake Dickson, is threatening violence following the defeat of his candidate, Sen. Douye Diri. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared David Lyon, candidate of the APC, winner of the governorship poll.
In a statement released by the party on Sunday, the APC said: “In the last few weeks, since the overwhelming victory of our candidate at the Nov. 16 governorship election, Chief David Lyon, Gov Dickson has inundated the state and the country with wild allegations and inciting comments.”
Continuing, the APC claimed Dickson “ has screamed blue murder at all relevant institutions of state, from the electoral body to security agencies, and the winning APC.
“And he has absolved only himself and his section of the PDP of blame.
“From his furious mind, Dickson has issued threats to the electorate in Bayelsa and APC members, particularly, and he has boasted about his capacity to unleash violence and turn the state upside down.
“Dickson has displayed everything, but commitment to democratic ideals and legal processes of electoral conflict resolution.
“We, however, unequivocally state and also remind Dickson that the elections have been concluded and the governor-elect, Chief David Lyon, is only waiting to be sworn into office as the next governor of Bayelsa.
“And for those who feel aggrieved, like Dickson, there are constitutionally prescribed processes open to them to follow in trying to redress their grievances.
“Disparaging the institutions of state and inciting the public to violence are, certainly not among the processes.”