We have reservations about Bayelsa election – APC
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 13, 2016
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party misgivings about the outcome of the Bayelsa State Governorship election.
The APC chairman told State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday that although the party APC had a lot of reservations about the final result, it would examine the issues critically and come up with a position soon.
He said, “The Bayelsa election has come and gone. We have very deep regret that there was so much unnecessary bloodshed in the process.
“We have a lot of reservations, some of which our candidate had very eloquently expressed. We are going to examine what has come out very, very carefully and decide the next line of action.”
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Seriake Dickson, had been declared winner of the governorship election, defeating APC’s Chief Timipre Sylva with a margin of 48,146 votes.
Sylva, however, rejected the outcome, saying he would head to court to seek redress.
Meanwhile, the APC chairman, who spoke with correspondents after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, said that as far as the party was concerned, the Kogi election issue was over.
He explained that all issues arising from the election were currently before various courts, adding that the party would leave the courts to decide on them.
Describing the meeting with the President as a normal interactive meeting, Odigie-Oyegun said the NWC briefed Buhari on the state of the party, the current challenges and the 78 reruns in which the APC would participate.
He added that the President also briefed them on the state of the nation and the work the administration was doing in the face of intense challenges.
Oyegun also said that despite the allegation of partisanship against the Buhari’s anti-corruption war, the party did now owe anyone an apology.
He said, “We must get use to the fact that in the process of cleansing this nation, there is going to be a lot to be done.”