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Dickson boasts, says, ‘I’m ready for Sylva at tribunal’

By Samuel Tombra, Yenagoa              


Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has boasted that he was ready to face the candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva, at the Election Petition Tribunal.


Dickson boasted of having enough material and documentary evidence to counter the prayers of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded governorship election in the state.


A statement by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the governor’s spoke on a live radio and television programme in Yenagoa.


But the governor said he was yet to be served a copy of Sylva’s petition.


He claimed that the APC candidate was relying on the court including the apex court to make him a governor of the state.


But he said that the era of deceiving the judiciary to get judgments and electoral victory through the backdoor was over in Nigeria.


He hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the governorship election in Rivers, Abia and Akwa-Ibom States.


Dickson attributed his victory over the APC and its candidate to divine intervention

saying that it would be foolhardy for anyone to think of manipulating the judicial process.


The governor said he won in seven out of the eight local councils adding he was not ready to comment on the case since it was subjudice.


Dickson said: “I am very surprised that, instead of congratulating me and working with us to rebuild our state to move forward as a people, he 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 judgment 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; 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.” 

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