Seriake Dickson, the outgoing governor of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria, has described the recent elections held in Kogi and Bayelsa states as a “political coup d’etat,” which is the reason his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party lost the governorship race in the two states.
Naija News reports that Governor Dickson lamented over the outcome of the elections in both states when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, northern Nigeria at the Government House.
Dickson said: “My views and that of observers and all those who have had the opportunity to comment on what happened, not just in Bayelsa, but also in Kogi are all there and they all unanimously said that what took place was not an election or so-called.”
“In fact, we are now experiencing a new concept of civilian coup d’etat and I will credit that to the former President Goodluck Jonathan for he was right. That’s the sort of thing that took place in Bayelsa and Kogi,” he added.
The outgoing Bayelsa State Governor commended the Court of Appeal for its judgment, which upheld the victory of Bala Mohammed as governor.
Governor Dickson congratulated the governor, urging him to do more developmental projects in the state.
“We congratulate you again on your victory at the Appeal Court, which did the right thing by upholding your victory as the governor of this great state. We in the PDP Governors Forum felicitate with you on this well-deserved victory. We will continue to give you supports, we, your colleagues are proud of you,” the outgoing governor said.
Mohammed, on the other hand, said Dickson did his best in the recent election held in Bayelsa where the candidate of the PDP, Diri Duoye, lost to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon.
“What happened at the election was not a loss, it is something that he has done his best and all of us have done our best. I know we are victorious, victory is already with us,” Mohammed said.