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Sylva urged to accept defeat in Bayelsans interest




A pro-democracy group, which goes by the name, Goodluck Jonathan Forum for Global Peace, yesterday appealed to defeated candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the recently concluded governorship election in
Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva to sheathe the sword and accept the results of the election as the will of God.

In a statement issued by its Secretary-General, Emma Efoke, the group urged the former governor to place the interest, peace and harmony of the state above his personal interests, insisting that the outcome of the election was a reflection of the desires of the people of the oil-rich state.

The group, while congratulating re-elected Governor Seriake Dickson urged him to be magnanimous in victory, by extending his hand of fellowship to his opponents, especially Sylva.
According to the group, since the election have been fought and won, and the winner has ben sworn-in, the political actors should therefore, bury their differences in the interest of all Bayelsans.

The Forum advised the two gladiators to imbibe the doctrine of ‘No victor, no vanquished,’ which was a slogan that climaxed the end of the Nigerian civil war.
It restated that the duo join hands in the “onerous task of building the state to enviable heights.”

Efoke also cautioned against the current litigations at the Election Petition Tribunal, which he said would only compound the situation and polarize the state along party lines.
He urged politicians to always be mindful of the fact that in any contest, there is bound to be a winner and a loser, noting that until this is imbibed, the desperation and violence that usually trail elections would not stop.

As followers of the ideals of Jonathan, the group asked the embattled APC candidate to borrow a leaf from the former president, who conceded victory and refused to pursue any legal redress.
The forum asserted that it was that wise decision of the ex-president that saved the nation from electoral violence. He called on all stakeholders to be emboldened by Jonathan’s doctrine in politics that no political seat is worth the blood of any Nigerian.

In the case of Bayelsa, “The pursuance of a judicial process, in an election clearly won by the incumbent will only polarise the state and waste the much-needed funds, which would have been channeled toward the development of the state.

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