Bayelsa Polls: Ijaw Leader, Edwin Clark, Knocks Dickson, Sylva, Says “They’re Not Democrats”
Frontline Ijaw leader and former Federal Information Commissioner, Chief Edwin Clark, who went on a self-imposed exile from the political scene, yesterday returned with a damning verdict on the two major candidates that contested the just concluded governorship elections in Bayelsa State – Seriake Dickson and Timipre Sylva.
According to Chief Clark, both candidates are non-democrats, who know nothing about democracy, only how to grab and wield power for their individual interests.
Addressing newsmen at his Asokoro residence, Abuja, Clark, who described the violence that characterized the governorship election of December 5 and the supplementary poll on January 9, where lives were lost as a brazen and open show of shame, accused both candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, of being responsible because of the level of desperation that they displayed.
The Ijaw leader, who said he was constrained to speak up on what happened during the governorship election, even though he had resigned from partisan politics, stressed that he cannot exonerate the two major contenders of complicity in the violence.
He said, “The two contestants have served the people as governor of the state, the people already know their individual capabilities. They should have allowed the electorate to peacefully decide who they wanted. It is very unfortunate that both of them are not democrats and therefore, they do not know what democracy means. What they know is power”.
Clark, who insisted that the political violence in Bayelsa State was due to desperation and greed, pointed out that if both Dickson and Sylva had put 1/10th of the efforts put in the Bayelsa State election in the Presidential election of March 28, 2015 to campaign for their various Presidential candidates, both former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari would have had higher figures in their election in Bayelsa State.