The All Progressives Congress (APC) United Kingdom chapter, has urged the newly elected governor of Bayelsa, Mr. David Lyon to see his election as a call to higher service.
Mr. Ade Omole, leader of the chapter said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Monday in Abuja while reacting to the development.
He described the victory of the governor-elect on the platform of APC as a clear statement from the electorate irrespective of their geographical divides.
According to him, the victory of Mr. David Lyon after 20 years of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) rule in Bayelsa has rubbished the assertion that the APC is not popular in some parts of the country.
“With the victory, it is now crystal clear to all that our great party, the APC has the wherewithal and capability to win the election in any part of the country,” Omole said.
He said allegations by the opposition that the election was not credible and characterised by violence were baseless and untrue and should be disregarded.
He urged other contestants in the election to see power as God’s instrument, saying that “He gives it to whomever He wishes.”
Omole, therefore, urged those who contested the election with the governor-elect to be courageous and congratulate the winner, adding that politics should be seen as a sport where only one winner was expected to emerge.
He advised the winner to be magnanimous in victory and embrace others to take the state to amiable heights.
The News agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Lyon polled 352,552 to defeat his closest rival Duoye Diri of the PDP who got 143,172 votes.
INEC’s Returning Officer and the Vice-Chancellor University of Benin, Prof. Faraday Orunmuwese announced the result around 1:03 a.m on Monday.
The APC recorded more than a landslide result in Southern Ijaw, polling 124,803 votes against the PDP’s 4,898 votes.
In Ogbia, the Local Government Area (LGA) of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Lyon got a massive vote of 58,016 to defeat the PDP’s Diri who scored 13,763 votes.
Also, Lyon won massively in Nembe, the LGA of former Governor of the State and Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.