Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipreye Sylva has said that Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State made it much easier for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon to win last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Sylva stated this on Monday shortly after presenting the Bayelsa State governor-elect to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The minister further attributed the electoral victory of the APC candidate to what he described as the poor performance of the Dickson-led Bayelsa State government.
His words: “It’s been a very hectic week but I will like to bring in this Eritrean proverb that if you marry a wife very well, you will be blessed with another wife.
“Governor Dickson unfortunately made our job very easy because he married the wife very badly. Of course this proverb presupposes that if you marry a wife badly, you will not get another wife.
“So he did not marry the state very well so the state roundly rejected him. Like it’s been said earlier, we had a good candidate and when you have a good product it’s very easy to sell it.
“So we went round and sold this good product to Bayelsans and the result was an overwhelming success. We are happy with this victory because for us it is very significant.
“This gives our party a footprint in the Niger Delta, which is very key to us. It gives us more of a national outlook. We have always been a national party but this gives us even a bigger national outlook.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier on Monday declared Lyon as the winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa after polling 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Duoye Diri who polled 143,172 votes.