The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated Governor Seriake Dickson on his victory in the supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Describing his victory as sweet, Ekweremadu said Dickson’s re-election was expected given that Bayelsa State had witnessed splendid transformation under his government.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, Senator Ekweremadu charged Governor Dickson to repay Bayelsans for their faith in the PDP and his leadership credentials with greater transformation in his second term.
He further enjoined him to reach out to his opponents for the peace and progress of the state, while ensuring that every part of the state is fairly treated irrespective of their political choices.
He said: “It is a sweet victory, coming against all odds. It is a testimony to the performance and popularity of Governor Seriake Dickson and our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“I commend the people of Bayelsa State for standing up to be counted, for protecting their democratic rights to freely choose their leaders.
“They have made a resounding statement to the effect that the state remains a PDP enclave and that they are committed to keeping it so.”
Governor Dickson, on Sunday, returned as the winner of the governorship election, following the declaration of the results of the elections conducted in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and 101 polling units in six other local government areas.
Dickson polled 134,988 votes to triumph over his predecessor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipire Sylva who polled 86,852 votes. A total of 232,167 votes were cast in the election out of which 6,647 votes were rejected as invalid.