By David Olalekan.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, has reacted to the alleged role former President Goodluck Jonathan played in the emergence of Mr David Lyon as the winner of the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state.
The outgoing governor, who addressed a world press conference in Yenagoa today, accused the former president of supporting the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), whom he averred, “does not wish him well.”
He added that he tried meeting the former Nigerian leader on 16 different occasions but wasn’t granted access to him.
“Jonathan remains my oga and I respect him, but there are lots of efforts by certain interests to create a rift between us. There is no politician that has been there for the former president than me.
“He has also helped me but it is unfortunate that I am being misconstrued in this matter of the election. I tried to meet Jonathan for 16 times and he opted to support a candidate that does not wish me well.
“I will soon write my memoirs and people will have a fair view of what happened, the visit of some APC governors to Jonathan who congratulated the APC candidate without congratulating the candidate of his party.
“It is strategic for APC leaders to use Jonathan to legitimise the illegitimacy that happened on Saturday”, Governor Dickson said.
He noted that although, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would challenge the result of the governorship election in court, he would set up a transition committee to work out modalities for smooth handover on Feb. 14, 2020.
He insisted that the PDP did not lose the election, adding that the exercise was characterised by widespread malpractices and violence.
“Our candidate, Sen. Douye Diri and the party chairman have been speaking about the charade called election that took place in Bayelsa on Saturday, and the invasion of our state by security forces.
“The dehumanisation of our people and how the majority of the areas and in places, where our people were denied the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.
“The story is all out there that what took place in the state on Nov. 16 was not a democratic election”, he said.