The All Progressive Congress (APC) has urged Governor Seriake Dickson to stop brooding over the loss of the Peoples Democratic Party at last Saturday’s governorship elections held in the state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Bayelsa State party chairman, Mr. Jonathan Amos told Dickson to leave the APC out of the failure of the PDP and its unpopular candidate, Senator Duoye Diri.
Amos who was reacting to allegations earlier made by the Bayelsa State governor that the Federal Government connived with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and security agents to rig the election, said Dickson should concentrate on how to pay off the backlog of salaries and pension he owes civil servants and pensioners in the state.
He said, “The PDP lost the election because of the attitude of Dickson. The manner he insulted and disrespect the people of the state, especially elders, is unprecedented. He has insulted everybody in Bayelsa, including former president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
“If Dickson has insulted the likes of Dr. Goodluck who picked him from nowhere and made him governor, then nobody should be surprised that he is bracingly accusing the Presidency and the INEC of complicity when he knows that the right thing to do at this point is to head to the Election Petition Tribunal if at all he has a case.
“What happened in the just concluded election was the manifestation of the will of the people who wanted to be liberated from the bondage Dickson subjected them to. They simply expressed the fact that they were tired of darkness, underdevelopment, and non-payment of salaries, too many abandoned projects, dilapidated schools, insecurity and misappropriation of public funds.
“The people expressed their disappointment in the PDP led government at the polls, this was done without any form of financial inducements. If at all Dickson has learnt to receive wise cancel, I would suggest he rather start offsetting the many debt he owes Bayelsa civil servants and not to continue to make comments that would bridge the existing peace Bayelsans currently enjoy.
“He should start preparing his hand-over note because the battle is lost. In spite of the fact that he has failed to congratulate our governor-elect, Chief David Lyon, the people are happy about the way the election turned out. Go to the streets of Yenagoa, you would see people celebrating the victory of our party. And the APC is more focused on how to bring the needed change the people desire, and not to pay attention to hate speeches of Dickson.”