The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari and relevant agencies of government to ensure a hitch free supplementary election in Bayelsa State on Saturday, arguing that such a credible exercise would testify to his administration’s commitment to positive change in the country.
Also, the Forum expressed confidence in Governor Seriake Dickson’s ability to sweep the poll given the results of the elections held so far and his numerous achievements in all the sectors of the economy in the state.
The Chairman of the Forum and the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko while making the call during a courtesy visit to Governor Dickson in Government House, Yenagoa said Governor Dickson was in a vantage position having led with over 33,000 votes in 6 out of the 7 local governments where results had already been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
He pointed out that the much talked about change of the APC Federal Government would be a smokescreen if those in positions of authority failed to consolidate on the legacy of free and fair elections bequeathed by the immediate past administration, adding that during the tenure of the immediate past President, the PDP lost three governorship elections back to back, yet the heavens did not fall.
Said Governor Mimiko: “we the PDP
Governors have an important message to the President and all those who God has placed in positions of authority in Nigeria today; that the irreducible minimum of democracy is credible election. I think commitment to democracy and development must be predicated on credible elections.
“We are appealing to all the major institutional stakeholders in this Saturday’s election to please for God’s sake and for the sake of this country and our children and even for the sake of those young enthusiasts of the social media who actually canvassed and voted for change realise that the greatest change you can bequeath to this country moving forward, is to ensure that we have a very predictable and credible way for people to access leadership.
“And when you talk about democracy, if you have passion about the development of this country, one of the critical legacies you can leave for this country is credible election because without credible election, we ain’t going no where. And i keep saying that APC must take a cue from former President Goodluck Jonathan who handed over power as a sitting President when his party lost, yet heavens did not fall.”
He pointed out that going by all the elections conducted so far, especially the last Presidential election, hardly did any constituency record more than 30% to 40% turnout of voters, stressing that the people are not expecting any departure from the norm in Saturday’s election. This observation was apparently elicited by fears of ballot stuffing and inflation of votes by the opposition in order to override Dickson’s clear and unassailable majority from the previous polls.
Dr. Mimiko noted that democracy is all about development and Governor Dickson has performed creditably well to deserve a second term in view of the life transforming projects the restoration government had put in place.
“But I have no doubt in my mind that by Saturday Bayelsa State will be rejoicing because Governor Seriake Dickson would have been declared unequivocally as the Governor of the state again and the restoration will continue.”