President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the candidate for the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 election in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, for his victory.
Lyon won six out of eight state-run local government districts to defeat Senator Douye Diri, the Democratic People’s Party (PDP) candidate, who had won only two LGAs – Sagbama and Kolokuma / Opokuma.
Buhari, in a statement Monday morning, praised in particular APC supporters and Nigerians for exercising their civil rights peacefully, despite the pockets of unrest recorded in some places.
Condemning the loss of life in Bayelsa, especially before the elections, Buhari expressed his compassion for the families of the victims.
According to the President, “Violence in elections violates our commitment to show the world and the next generation that we are people who can elect leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner.”
He noted that while officials of the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies have done their best under the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections, “it is unfortunate that agitation, mainly sponsored by desperate politicians, were recorded during the ballot.
“The President looks forward to working with the new government to improve the lives of the people of Bayelsa State while ensuring the safety of the lives and property of all citizens.
“President Buhari urges the elected governor, Lyon, to defend other diverging interests in the next phase of governance, imploring those who are not satisfied with the outcome of the poll to seek redress through the channels established by the Constitution” added the statement.