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APC candidate to challenge Dickson’s victory in Bayelsa elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on Sunday, 10, declared incumbent governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Seriake Dickson, winner of the polls.

The Bayelsa State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva has vowed to challenge the results of the supplementary elections which held in the state on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on Sunday, 10, declared incumbent governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Seriake Dickson, winner of the polls.

“I said in the beginning that I do not have confidence in the REC and the Administrative Secretary, that I do not expect a fair treatment if these people were to preside over the election,” Sylva said while addressing journalists after the results were announced.

“I said so over and over and over again. I even reduced it to writing, and we sent the petition. Usually, before elections of this nature, the INEC officials are switched. But this time, they chose to keep this team that was already in place set up by the PDP as rigging machine.

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“This was the same team that returned almost 100 percent of all votes in Bayelsa to the former president. We felt that these people could not have given us a free and fair treatment. But unfortunately, our cries fell on deaf ears. They proved themselves true to type,” he added.

The initial polls in Bayelsa held on December 5, 2015, but were declared inconclusive after the cancellation of the election in the Southern Ijaw area.

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