The candidate of the opposition party (APC) in the just concluded Bayelsa State governorship election, Timipre Sylva says he will be heading to the state election tribunal to challenge the victory of PDP’s candidate and incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson. Sylva declared his intention while addressing newsmen at a press conference in Yenagoa, the state capital on Monday January 11th.
I said in the beginning that I do not have confidence in Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Baritoh Kpagih, and the Administrative Secretary, that I did not expect a fair treatment if these people were to preside over the election. I said so over and over again. I even produced it in writing and submitted a petition. Usually before elections of this nature, the INEC officials are switched. But this time, they chose to keep this team that was already in place set up by the PDP as a rigging machine. This was the same team that returned almost 100 percent of all votes in Bayelsa to the former President Goodluck Jonathan. And we felt that these people could not have given us free and fair treatment.