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Judiciary Can’t Make Sylva Governor,Says Dickson

Posted: Feb 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma


Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson says he is ready to meet the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Timipre Sylva, at the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

Dickson said he and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have sufficient evidence to counter all the issues Sylva and the APC have raised in their petition although he had not been served a copy of the petition.

He said this yesterday during a live radio and television interview in Yenagoa, according to a release by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

He premised his optimism on the recent judicial victories of the PDP Governors of Abia, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states whose elections were affirmed by the Supreme Court in its recent judgments.

Dickson boasted that Sylva was relying on the judiciary to make him Governor but he (the governor) would floor him even at the tribunal.

He further posited that it would be foolhardy for Sylva and the APC  to think that they could upturn the decision of the people by manipulating the judicial process.

He stated that election into public offices  was all about the people and since the people of Bayelsa had spoken through their votes it would not be easy to suppress their will.

The governor wondered the kind of magic the APC was expecting at the tribunal.

“I am very surprised that instead of congratulating me and working with us to rebuild our state to move forward as a people, he (Sylva) is being misled or is misleading others to think that the judiciary can be manipulated to see how they can upturn the popular will of the people.

I believe that the recent judgments of the Supreme Court and the recent posture of the Supreme Court should make people to think twice.

The message from the judiciary now is that those who want to be governors should win popular votes from their people.

The message is that you cannot lose an election, be rejected by your people at the polls, and then come through the back door to hoodwink the judiciary to give you a mandate that your people never gave you.

If that message is lost on the Bayelsa APC and their candidate who is going about compromising national institutions then it’s unfortunate”, Dickson said.