A call has gone to the outgoing governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson in interest of promoting peaceful co-existence, unity and the ideals of democracy, congratulate Chief David Lyon, the winner of the November 16th governorship election in the state.
The member representing Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency, Hon. Israel Sunny- Goli made the call in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
According to Sunny- Goli, the wide acceptability of Lyon as translated in the overwhelming electoral victory is a testament that his victory is divine, stressing that the torrents of congratulatory messages pouring in on a daily basis is a further prove of the love Bayelsans have for Chief David Lyon.
But since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), announced David Lyon, winner of the Bayelsa governorship election, the outgoing governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, is yet to congratulate the governor-elect, despite calls from several well-meaning Bayelsans for him to do so.
“Dickson should embrace the democratic reality that Lyon has been legitimately voted by majority of Bayelsans. Hence he should in the spirit of sportsmanship be bold enough to congratulate the man who will succeed him by February 14, 2020.
“The fact that every household in Bayelsa state is happy for the historic electoral victory is a testament that Lyon has the mandate of majority of the people in the state.
“It is, to say the least, unstatesmanlike for Dickson to continue with his one-man-protest against a victory that is not only accepted by all and sundry, but also seen as a good omen for Bayelsa state.
“Nobody is stopping Dickson – and his party – from contesting the outcome of the election at the tribunal. Nonetheless, he should endeavour to congratulate Lyon whom he never imagined would defeat his handpicked candidate.
“It is sufficient to stress, at this point, that Dickson will advance our democracy in the state by emulating former president Goodluck Jonathan and congratulate the winner of the election. Perhaps, by so doing, history will be kind to him,” he added.