Bayelsa Elections: Sylva, APC head to tribunal
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in the Bayelsa State governorship election, Chief Timipre Sylva have rejected the results declared by the Collation/ Returning Officer, Prof Zana Akpagu. This is even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commended its supporters while asking for investigation into the killings.
Findings indicated that the APC leadership in the state and ward agents are compiling evidences while discussing with its lawyers in preparation to challenge the results at the election tribunal.
Sylva, at a press conference he addressed yesterday in Yenagoa, decried what the alleged collusion between the PDP and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to skew the results against the party (APC).
According to him, the party had complained to the appropriate quarters over the unholy alliance between two senior INEC officials in Bayelsa State and the PDP, but all the complaints were not attended to and the said officials were allowed to handle the election.
Sylva, who said he and the party would seek re-dress, warned against violence by members.
“The election from the beginning was skewed against APC. All places APC won were cancelled. We did not have a free and fair protest. The cancelled votes were over 53,000 which was higher than the difference between the results declared for both the PDP and the APC, yet, the Returning Officer declared the result which have been announced, but as a party, the result is clearly unacceptable. Let me put it on record that our members should keep calm. On no account must any APC member take laws into his/her own hands” he said.
“The accord between PDP and the INEC in Bayelsa which was set up as PDP rigging machinery made INEC to want to declare Dickson as governor. How can you explain that materials meant for far places were not sent on time, while materials in polling units in near places were the ones sent earlier. The agenda of the PDP was to frustrate election in Southern Ijaw because they were having the lead. They just wanted election to hold in few places to maintain their lead while in APC’s stronghold, they cancelled the elections there”
“As far as I am concerned, this senseless violence must stop,” he said.