With about two weeks to the supplementary poll in Bayelsa State, the Peoples Democratic Party has advised its main challenger, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to throw in the towel because it is fighting a lost battle.
The APC candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, is trailing behind the PDP candidate and incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson in the governorship election by over 33, 000 votes.
Based on the seeming wide margin, the PDP said the governorship election had already been won and lost.
It stressed that Governor Dickson was in an unassailable lead having won in six out of seven local government areas with Southern Ijaw the only remaining area of contest.
“It’s a lost battle for the APC”, the PDP stated.
The party also said all those who caused the violence which led to wanton loss of lives and property during the cancelled election in Southern Ijaw and other parts of the state on December 5, would not escape the long arms of the law.
It also described the alleged assault on the Chairman of Southern Ijaw LGA, Chief Remember Ogbe, by Governor Dickson, as a “cock and bull story” unworthy of any further comment.
The APC had earlier claimed that Dickson, who was reportedly so disappointed with the PDP’s performance in the area, invited Ogbe to the Government House and gave him the beating of his life.
But the Director of Publicity of the Restoration Campaign Organisation of the PDP, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, in a statement yesterday, said there were attempts by the APC to whip up sentiments over efforts by the state government to ensure that justice takes its course.
The campaign spokesperson noted that all those who were arrested over disturbances which marred the governorship elections of December 5 and 6, were all members of the APC, adding that they would be duly prosecuted and made to face the full wrath of the law, if found guilty, regardless of their party affiliation.
The PDP further said the scales had fallen off the eyes of those who were deceived that federal might will protect them from their impunity, noting that there is no such thing.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed January 9, 2016 for the supplementary election in Southern Ijaw LGA.
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