Monday, 14 December 2015
Buhari Shuns Sylva Over Violent Bayelsa Poll
President Buhari has expressed his disappointment in the outcome of the recently held gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State in his refusal to meet with his party's flag bearer, Timipre Sylva.
Efforts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, to have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari may have been rebuffed, reports Vanguard'
A source in the Presidency stated that Buhari was not happy with the APC in Bayelsa and Sylva over alleged pockets of violence during the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw LGA.
The source stated, "Mr. President is angry over the overwhelming criticism and condemnation of the process by international observers, who did not mince words in describing the poll as a rape of democracy.
“Some of the observers are already seeing the APC-led Federal Government as lacking the capacity to conduct a free, fair and credible election in a state as small as Bayelsa. What happened in Southern Ijaw was against every acceptable global democratic norm and practice.”
It would be recalled that Bayelsa State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr. Baritor Kpagih, on Monday, December 7 canceled and suspended indefinitely, gubernatorial election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area following allegations of irregularities, violence by both the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC.