Bayelsa govelection unfortunate that both of them are not democrats- Chief Edwin Clark

former Federal Commissioner for
Information who is also an Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on Wednesday
described the Bayelsa State governorship election as not only a disgrace
but a brazen and open show of shame.
He said the conduct of the candidate of
the Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Seriake Dickson, and that of his
major contender, Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress,
showed that they were not true democrats.
Clark, who spoke at a press conference
at his residence in Abuja, explained that political violence in the
state was due to desperation and greed.

He said that in some areas, guns and other weapons became the voting tools rather than the Permanent Voter Cards.
He said, “It is very unfortunate that both of them are not democrats and therefore do not know what democracy means.
“What they know is power. I want to
repeat here a very popular and apt saying that “Power belongs to the
Almighty God. He gives it at each given time to whoever He wishes.”
Clark said he expected the election to
have been peaceful as the two contenders, Silva and Dickson, had each
served as governor of the state for four years and yet “lives were
lost”.
He said, “These two contestants have
both served the people as governor of the state. The people already know
their individual capabilities. They should have allowed the electorate
to peacefully decide who they wanted.
“It is very unfortunate that both of
them are not democrats and therefore, do not know what democracy means.
What they know is power.”
Clark said he felt compelled to talk – even though he had resigned from partisan politics – because the election was a disaster.
He said it was difficult to exonerate the two contenders of blame.
He, however, appealed to Sylva to accept
the result of the election in the interest of Bayelsa people, saying
that subjecting the people to another election portends grave danger.
Clark also advised Dickson to extend a hand of fellowship to the loser.
Clark, who is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Ijaw National Congress, said it was time for the Ijaw nation to look inward.
He said, “If a son of Ijaw land can
prevent nationwide bloodshed by conceding defeat, why can’t we replicate
this same feat at home and display uncommon courage?
“I have heard Sylva’s statement that he
will go to the tribunal to prove that the elections were not properly
conducted due to an alleged conspiracy between the Independent National
Electoral Commission and the PDP.”
While saying that this was the proper
action to be taken by an aggrieved candidate in any election, he
nevertheless appealed to the former governor to allow peace to reign by
jettisoning the idea.
Clark said, “But I am appealing to him
that in the interest of the ljaw nation and to prevent the danger of
subjecting the people of Bayelsa to another gruesome ordeal, he should
please accept the results of the election and allow peace to reign.

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