The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said the just concluded gubernatorial election in Bayelsa state was the most peaceful in the state since 1999 this is in spite of the violence that marred the poll.
Oshiomhole stated this in Abuja on Monday when he led the Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign Mohammed Badaru, Governor of Kebbi State and Chairman APC Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, to present Bayelsa Governor-elect David Lyon to President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House.
“We thanked the president for his fatherly role and he insisting that we must ensure that while we are determined to win the election, that we must play by the rule and ensure that the process is transparent. And above all the president has always been concern about peaceful election and we were proud to inform him that besides very isolated cases of ballot box snatching, the election in Bayelsa can be described as the most peaceful.
“I believe since 1999, you as very seasoned journalists who have covered elections in Bayelsa in the past, you will agree that this is the only time we can say the election is truly transparent and peaceful” he said.
Speaking further,the APC Chairman said, “We went to present the governor-elect, governor David Lyon to President Muhammadu Buhari. As the President and our father, he has a brand new baby boy who will be sworn- in on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, as governor of Bayelsa State. Again, our candidate attract supports across the political divide when you see from territories and communities where his victory was being celebrated, you will agree that not only did he have the support of the APC family, he had support beyond the APC family.
“And of course, the president was very happy that we had a peaceful election in Bayelsa state.
“Overall, we are grateful to Almighty God for making this election successful, we appreciate the people of Bayelsa State who have reposed confidence in our party and on our candidate.
“For the governor-elect, this is a call to selfless service, the more support you get the more the expectations. As they say, to whom much is given, much is expected.
“When he takes over office in February Bayelsans will see the difference between his government and that of outgoing governor Seriake Dickson.”