Outgoing Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson on Monday described the governorship election held in the state on Saturday, November 16, as the “latest democratic coup” in the country.
Speaking in Abuja, the governor said the exercise in the state was a sham, which he said was characterized by bogus award of figures, killings and maimings among others by political thugs allegedly with the connivance of security agents.
Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose candidate, Senator Duoye Diri, lost to Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the state government, under him, has set up a high power fact finding panel to determine the actual number of the people killed as well as those injured during the governorship poll.
According to him, “What happened in Bayelsa state on November 16 is not an election. It is the latest democratic coup in the country. To call it an election will be a misnormal.
” The reality in Bayelsa was that there was no election. To refer to what happened in Bayelsa as election is actually an insult. They only wrote result. There was no election ”
The governor particularly cited the instances of the violence and killing that took place in Southern Ijaw, Nembe and Ogbia among other places, where he said results were merely written by INEC officials with the assistance of police, soldiers and thugs.
Dickson put the number of confirmed deaths recorded so far in Nembe alone at twelve, while the number of those injured stand at 93, according to him.
The governor, who said that a semblance of election was only allowed to take place in his own local government and part of the PDP governorship candidate’s council, stressed further, “there was no election. There was no one man, one vote in Bayelsa on November 16”.
Dickson however maintained that in the eyes of the law, APC didn’t have a duly recognized candidate for the said election as two separate courts of law, including a Federal High court in Abuja, which gave the ruling a day to the election, had expressly made that clear in their judgements.
He maintained that the declaration of the APC candidate as the winner of Bayelsa governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is a nullity, because, “Ideally, INEC shouldn’t have recognised any votes cast for them (the party and its candidate)”.