By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday expressed delight with the disposition of former President Goodluck Jonathan over the outcome of the November 16 governorship election Bayelsa State, saying he was happy with the party’s victory.
Jonathan is a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP but was believed to have worked for the victory of APC in the state owing to his alleged disagreement with outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson over the choice of the PDP candidate for the election.
The APC Governorship candidate in the election, David Lyon was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as he defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Diri Douye.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the presentation of the Governor-Elect to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Chairman of the APC Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu noted that former President Jonathan was happy with the outcome of the election.
He said, “We were in Bayelsa for over 72 hours, we didn’t see a tire burning, we didn’t see people running, we didn’t hear any gunshot and everyone was celebrating in all the areas we passed since yesterday (Sunday) which shows acceptance of the candidate of our party of the process itself.
“It is equally noteworthy that Bayelsa is a state which is home to a former President of Nigeria and this election won by a party different from which he belong to has been accepted by all including people around him. So far, from what we hear and what we see, he is also happy with the outcome irrespective of the difference in the party which is an indication of the transparency of the process. “
On his part Governor Bagudu said that they were at the State House to prevent to President Buhari the governor-elect, David Lyon.
He said,” Many people worked hard in making this happen, most importantly, Mr. President, who has always shown the party that win or lose we should aim for free, transparent and fair elections because, that is what will guarantee peace, confer legitimacy and support for elected persons to proudly execute the mandate that they are given. And in Bayelsa we have seen a demonstration of that. Everyone is talking about how free, transparent and fair the elections were.
“This is a victory for Nigeria because it shows that parts of the country that has been under another political party, can in a free, fair election make their democratic choice and vote for another party with the right candidate.”
Also speaking, the national Chairman of APC, Comrade Oshiomhole said they presented the governor-elect, governor to President Buhari.
According to him,” As the President and our father, he has a brand new baby boy who will be sworn- in on Valentine Day February 14, 2020, as governor of Bayelsa State. We thanked the President for his fatherly role and he insisted that we must ensure that while we are determined to win the election that we must play by the rule and ensure that the process is transparent.
“And above all the President has always been concerned about peaceful election and we were proud to inform him that besides very isolated cases of ballot box snatching, the election in Bayelsa can be described as the most peaceful.
Chairman of the APC Governorship Campaign Council for Bayelsa State, Abubakar Badaru thanked the people of Bayelsa for the victory of the party.
He said,” They know what they want, they know when they are frustrated how to act and they have acted right.
I want to thank the leader of our party in Bayelsa State, the Minister of State for Petroleum, who dug out the right candidate. So the success of this election is in our being able to come up with the man of the people.
“I have been there, I have seen where he lives, I have seen the crowd that comes to him and I have seen how he engages with them. He is a technical man of the people and that is why he has been rewarded with so much heavy votes.