The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Chief David Lyon on Tuesday shunned the peace meeting initiated by the standard bearers of all political parties in the November 16, 2019 Governorship election.
Thirty seven governorship candidates were in attendance at a meeting held at Glorylanyd Castle behind Government House Yenagoa
The meeting was initiated at the instance of the candidates to ensure peace during and after the election.
The flag bearers agreed to downplay their personal interest by collectively working together at ensuring that there is a prevailing peace in the State.
They also called on all the critical stakeholders and key players to consciously commit themselves to providing a level playing ground for all parties to participate in the elections without fear of repression, intimidation and coercion.
Briefing the newsmen on the outcome of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri disclosed that the meeting was converged at the instance of the candidates to foster peace during the forthcoming elections.
He stated that the candidates of the various political parties were mindful of the need to ensure that the existing peace in the state was sustained.
Senator Diri remarked that meeting was to provide an avenue for peaceful interactions and brainstorming among the various candidates with a view to charting the way forward for a peaceful, free, fair and credible polls working in collaboration with other key stakeholders in the democratic space.
He said: “As Bayelsans, we are opposed to anything called violence from our different parties. And, as Bayelsans, like the former President Good luck Jonathan has been popularly quoted, that our ambition is not worth the blood of any Bayelsans. Therefore we are opposed to the politics of intimidation, to the politics of crises, to the politics of violence. And so, as candidates represent in our various political parties, we’ve agreed to partner in this wise to ensure a credible, free, fair and transparent elections”
In his contribution the candidate of the United Democratic Congress, Mr Silas Ikimi stated that the key resolution adopted by all the parties present at the meeting was the imperatives of sustaining peace during and after the elections.
“As critical stakeholders we have come to strategise so that the elections will be violent free. Its our desire that the elections that the elections be violent free.”, he said.
“We are not here to adopt anybody. We are here to rub minds since politics is not a do or die affair so that cone November 16, there will be peace.”
Mr Ikimi assured that the candidates unanimously agreed to sensitive their followers towards imbibing the culture of tolerance and peace and to shun violence
“There’s always a tomorrow. If its not your time now, to.borrow could your time. We are trying to tel them to abide with what we all have agreed that nobody should tale the laws into his hands,” he explained.