Lagos – Some politicians in Lagos have urged the re-elected Governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson, to carry along the opposition with him.
The politicians, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the state would benefit immensely if the governor were to do that.
Chief Gboyega Adeniji, the 2015 Governorship Candidate of the KOWA Party in Lagos State, explained that it will be a mark of statesmanship if the governor ensures that other parties participate in the administration.
“Let the victor be magnanimous with victory; Bayelsa people have spoken, the handwriting had been on the wall and it is a good thing especially for INEC.
“INEC has been very objective especially with their change of tactics that you get accredited and vote immediately since they are now using latest technology.
“We are at home with the result; we believe it is the wish of the Bayelsa people and that the votes have counted so credit to INEC.
Mr Joseph Ogebule, the Chairman of the Lagos chapter of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), advised all those who lost in the last election to rally support for the governor’s programmes in the next dispensation.
“We just have to abide with the result and support him and let him carry on; we need to allow peace to reign.
“When you contest, one candidate must win and the others should abide with it, two winners cannot come to a football field and win.’’
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On his part, Dr Akin Badmus, the Lagos State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), commended INEC for the role it played in the successful conduct of the election in spite of the challenges.
“The contest was very keen and INEC did their best and the result came out the way it is, it is okay.
“The party is okay with the result and because the party came third and that is the best; you know the APC and PDP are the two major parties on ground and the PDM tried its best.
“At least it shows that it is a party of the future.’’
NAN reports that Dickson polled 134,998 to defeat former Gov. Timipre Sylva, who scored 86,852 votes. (NAN)