The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Wednesday, said that he will willingly accept defeat in the election if beaten fairly and the process is transparent.
Sylva, who said this during a press conference in Yenagoa, debunked rumour that his candidacy is supported by the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, adding that he does not need her support to win the election.
He said, “I will willingly accept defeat, if everything goes on fairly.
“All these stories of the former First Lady supporting me are false. Even if she were to offer me her support, I will reject it outright because I don’t need her support to win an election in Bayelsa State.’’
While expressing certainty that his party will win Saturday’s election, Sylva said, “The January supplementary election is being held in our strongholds and we shall win all of them. I can assure all of you the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in Bayelsa State is on its way out.
“Between me and Governor Dickson, we have less than 200,000, while the outstanding votes in the supplementary election is about 150,000. So, whoever wins on Saturday would win the election.”
Governor Seriake Dickson, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, is leading a former governor of the state in the election.
Both candidates need the outcome of the Saturday’s election in order to determine who will be the next governor of the state.