The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally declared a winner for highly contentious gubernatorial election in Bayelsa after a supplementary election held on Saturday. After declaring the results of six other LGAs where supplementary elections held on Saturday, January 9th, and after INEC took a short break waiting for a final collation of election results for Southern Ijaw LGA, the electoral body concluded the exercise.
Total Registered Voters: 654,493
Accredited Voters: 242,114
APC: 86, 852
PDP: 134, 998
Total Valid Votes: 225, 520
Total rejected votes -6647
However, after resuming to the collation center, a final declaration of results were made which put Governor Seriake Dickson of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the official winner of the election.
Though this election and several others under the leadership of president Mohammadu Buharias has really questioned his government effort, if there is any, to make elections free, fair and without violence. There have been cases of series of inconclusive elections, rerun or supplementary elections, something hardly seen under the immediate past government of president Goodluck Jonathan. We hope these could be sorted out in the elections ahead around the country.
Let’s talk about the candidate of APC in the just concluded election, Mr Timipre Sylva. He has been under EFCC case accused of financial crimes that involved over N48 billion. Some of the charges against him was suddenly dropped after president Buhari took over. He was still found eligible enough by APC to run as a governor for Bayelsa.
The question now is, what becomes of him since he has lost the election? Also, why is his case being delayed under the present leadership? Should his case now gather more momentum if the party delayed it to see if he would capture the governor’s seat in Bayelsa. The most worrying thing in Nigeria is the lack of integrity amongst politicians. Why would a party like APC that fronts itself as a ‘change party’, feature a man who is accused of embezzling N48 billion as gubernatorial candidate?