Cancellation Of Southern Ijaw Poll’s Results Tears Dickson, Sylva Apart

Cancellation Of Southern Ijaw Poll’s Results Tears Dickson, Sylva Apart
Patrick Aigbokhan
The cancellation of election results from Southern Ijaw, the home council of deceased Governor General of Ijaw Nation and first civilian governor of the state, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, on Monday tore Governor Seriake Dickson and Chief Timipre Sylva apart.
The move, which was hailed by Dickson, was seen as a sour experience by Sylva, who argued that the REC has no power to take such decision.
Sylva in his view, believes that the power to cancel a duly held election rest with the State Returning Officer and not the REC and as such the votes should be counted.
But on his own part, Dickson upheld the cancellation of the rescheduled election in the council area, noting that if the commission had heeded to his advice, it would have saved the nation from the avoidable waste of public funds.
According to the governor, the decision to hold the election on Sunday by INEC was ill advised, taking into consideration the security situation and peculiar nature of the area.
The PDP National leadership, haad said yesterday that the courageous move put in place by the people of Bayelsa to curtail planned moves by the APC to rig the election in Southern Ijaw led to the cancellation of the results in the area.
Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement that by the PDP while hailing the zeal and the bravery nature of the people, stressed that but for the bravery of Bayelsans in standing up for their votes against what the party termed, the hordes of harassments by the military and other security forces working for the APC, their will as a people would have been completely subverted in the election.