From: Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
A civil society and peace advocacy group, Goodluck Jonathan Forum for Global Peace on Friday in Enugu asked the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently concluded governorship election in Bayelsa, Chief Timipre Sylva, to accept the outcome of the election as the will of God and not to dissipate energy going to the tribunal.
In a statement issued by the group’s Secretary General, Prince Emma Efoke, former governor Sylva was asked to place the interest, peace and harmony of the state above his personal interest, insisting that the outcome of the election was a reflection of the desires of the people of the oil-rich state.
While congratulating Governor Seriake Dickson on his victory at the polls, the group urged him to be magnanimous in victory by equally extending a hand of fellowship to others who contested against him in the election, especially Sylva.
“The elections having been fought and a winner declared and sworn in, it is time the political actors buried their differences for the common good of all Bayelsans. The General Yakubu Gowon doctrine of no victor, no vanquished at the end of the civil war should be replicated in the Bayelsa situation so that government can run smoothly.
“Governor Henry Seriake Dickson should extend a hand of fellowship to his opponent and we expect Chief Timipre Sylva to sheath his sword and join in the onerous task of building the state to enviable height,” Efoke said.