Dickson Should Congratulate David Lyon in The Interest of Promoting Unity And Democracy In Bayelsa Sate – Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli
It has been over a week since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon, as winner of the November 16th Bayelsa State governorship election.
However, the outgoing governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, is yet to congratulate the governor-elect, despite calls from several well-meaning Bayelsans for him to do so.
Dickson should embrace the democratic reality that Lyon has been legitimately voted by majority of Bayelsans. Hence he should in the spirit of sportsmanship be bold enough to congratulate the man who will succeed him by February 14, 2020.
The fact that every household in Bayelsa state is happy for the historic electoral victory is a testament that Lyon has the mandate of majority of the people in the state.
It is, to say the least, unstatesmanlike for Dickson to continue with his one-man-protest against a victory that is not only accepted by all and sundry, but also seen as a good omen for Bayelsa state.
Nobody is stopping Dickson – and his party – from contesting the outcome of the election at the tribunal. Nonetheless, he should endeavour to congratulate Lyon whom he never imagined would defeat his handpicked candidate.
It is sufficient to stress, at this point, that Dickson will advance our democracy in the state by emulating former president Goodluck Jonathan and congratulate the winner of the election. Perhaps, by so doing, history will be kind to him.
Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli
Member, House of Representatives