A group of political parties which fielded candidates in the just concluded Bayelsa governorship election on Monday called on a former governor of the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the election, Mr Timipre Sylva, to concede defeat to the incumbent governor and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Seriake Dickson, in order to promote peace and move the state forward.
The Street Journal reports that Sylva has vowed to challenge the outcome of the poll at the state election petition tribunal.
The political parties, namely, Kowa Party, All Progressives Ground Alliance (APGA), United Peoples Party (UPP), and ID Party, among others, stated this at a press conference held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
According to Mr Prince Elema, the leader of the parties, Sylva’s acceptance of defeat would promote peace and understanding among the people of the state, as well as move the state forward.
He said: “We are satisfied with the conduct of the whole election in the state and hereby endorse the results and accordingly, hereby congratulate the winner, Gov. Seriake Dickson of PDP.
“We are advising the APC candidate to accept the results and join forces to move the state forward. We should come together as one people and move the Ijaw nation forward.”
The party leaders also commended INEC for the way it conducted the distribution of materials and provided a level playing ground in conducting the election.
It would be recalled that Dickson defeated Sylva in the election by scoring over 134,000 votes against Sylva’s over 86,000 votes,following which INEC returned the incumbent governor as the re-elected governor for a constitutional maximum second term limit.
The January 9 supplementary poll was sequel to INEC’s declaration of the first one conducted on December 5, 2015, inconclusive due to irregularities that culminating in the rescheduling of the election for Southern Ijaw area of the state.