The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva have been trying to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to no avail as the president seems not keen to see him, reports Vanguard.
Buhari’s reason for not acceding to Sylva’s request to see him, according to a Vanguard source was because he was displeased by the conduct of the APC in Bayelsa, as well as Sylva, over alleged violence during the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw LGA.
“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,” Vanguard quoted the source to have said.
“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,” the source said.
The Independent National Electoral COmmission (INEC) had declared the Bayelsa State election inconclusive following violence in SOuthern Ijaw. The electoral body is yet to fix a new date for the election but Sylva in a recent statement questioned INEC’s power to cancel elections. Regardless of the reported violence, Sylva urged the electoral body to “add up the results from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, and declare a winner for the Bayelsa State Governorship elections held between the 5th and 6th of December 2015”.