The Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson has claimed that Ex-president President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was used by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election.
Dickson said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would challenge the result of the Bayelsa governorship election in court.
He said: “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 dehumanization 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.
“So, today, I’m here to add my voice to all that has been said already, and it was so brazen, it has never been like this in this state before. I know that in 2015, we went through a very tough time, there was display of Federal might, but at least, it was not as bad as this.”
“Jonathan remains my oga and I respect him, but there are lots of efforts by certain interest 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 legitimize the illegitimacy that happened on Saturday”, he concluded.