In Bayelsa Dickson, Sylva accuse each other of desperation to win elections

The initial elections in Bayelsa were declared inconclusive following the cancellation of the polls in the Southern Ijaw area of the state.

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has accused All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva of being desperate to win the state’s elections.

Sylva, in response however, tagged Dickson, who’s representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the desperate one.

The governor, during a press conference on Monday, January 4, described Sylva as a violent politician.

“The party, the APC, is desperate. Their candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, is desperate. I hear they want to expand their empire across the Atlantic. Although Sylva is my friend and brother, I do not like his brand of politics of violence. I will roundly defeat him (Sylva) and the APC again and again,” Dickson had said.

In reaction, Sylva described Dickson as an embattled, desperate and divisive person.

“In the same breadth, he is claiming an unassailable lead, according to him, having won in six out of seven local government areas results so far declared and that he has the total support of the people of the Southern Ijaw LGA,” the APC candidate said through the Director of Media and Publicity of the Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation, Chief Nathan Egba.

“At this point, one really wonders why he is still embattled and running from pillar to post, holding press briefings and radio broadcasts almost on a daily basis. Why did he go to beg the Presidency to be allowed to win in the Southern Ijaw LGA in return for defecting to the APC?

“Bayelsa State has never had a more deceitful, dictatorial, wasteful and divisive governor such as Seriake Dickson, such that instead of campaigning on a pan-Bayelsa platform, Dickson has set about whipping up core-Ijaw and non-core-Ijaw ethnic sentiments within this small Bayelsa State.

“Why would he, as a sitting governor, import into his own state gunmen from neighbouring states to cause mayhem? All in the bid to win election! Whereas, he knows the terrible security situation the state is facing under him,” Sylva asked.

The initial elections in Bayelsa were declared inconclusive following the cancellation of the polls in the Southern Ijaw area of the state.

Supplementary elections will hold on January 9, 2016.

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