The international community is set to intervene in the political logjam in Bayelsa State. This is sequel to a petition by five civil society groups under the aegis of Coalition for Credible Elections in Bayelsa State, to the embassies of six countries, considered to have “very cordial relationships” with Nigeria.
The petition was sent to the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of United States of America, Canada, Britain, France, Sweden and Switzerland.
The petition by The Polaris Network, Ijaw Media Network, Niger Delta Democratic Initiative, Save Bayelsa Group and Bayelsa Restoration Agenda, highlighted what they called the “political tumult in Bayelsa State with its negative impact on the political development of the country, the possibility of descent into anarchy in the state, possible reversal of the political and social gains made in the state and the total implication for peace process in the Niger Delta.”
They called on the international community to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to allow Governor Timipre Sylva to contest the election scheduled for February next year. They claimed that the political imbroglio in the state had “defied all local attempts” to resolve it.
The groups want the international community to prevail on the Nigerian government and President Jonathan to obey the Electoral Act and relevant laws of the land and respect democratic principles to enable Sylva contest the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State.
They said, “the impact of this intervention by the international community will prevent a breakdown of law and order, which will unnecessarily heat up the state and shatter the peace that took the collective efforts of leaders in the Niger Delta to build in the last two years.”