Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has indicated that the souls lost during the states supplementary election was the reason why he did not celebrate his victory.
Dickson, who made the revelation during an interactive session with editors in Abuja, accused Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC), of engaging in extreme callous politicking.
According to him, given the number of people who died during the election and the fact that the violence had been traced to the APC, he had wished Sylva would congratulate him, allow reconciliation and let peace prevail in the state.
He said, “Whenever I think of the deaths of our own people, most of them killed because they supported me, I feel terribly sad and asked the people of the state that although their will prevailed and I won, we have to keep it low as a mark of honour to those souls who deserve to live and benefit from the democracy they contributed to enthrone.”
Governor Dickson further noted that his re-election as governor of Bayelsa State was a clear indication that Nigeria will never be a one party state.
He, however, expressed joy that the will of the people finally prevailed, even as he wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari did not follow the footsteps of his predecessors in congratulating him.
Dickson therefore called on Sylva to accept the will of God, and shelve his idea of going to the court.
“My opponent’s campaign was nicknamed ‘Operation Takeover’ but our people stood by us. Women formed walls with their bodies around polling units in order to protect their votes.
“What happened in Bayelsa is therefore a significant development for our democracy. Nigeria’s democracy is on track and it also means that Nigeria will not be a one party state,” he said.