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Saraki mourns victims of Bayelsa violence

11 January 2016, 16:09

Abuja - President, Bukola Saraki, has condemned the violence that trailed the just-ended supplementary election in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State.

The polls were held this past weekend amid violence blamed on both eventual winner, the People’s Democratic Party, and the All Progressives Congress.

“Reports of violence that trailed supplementary election in Southern Ijaw Bayelsa State is totally unacceptable,” said Saraki.

“Regardless of what political party we belong, we must collectively denounce the violence that has ensued during and after the ballot process.

To the young men and women out there, please remember, your blood and life is worth more than any political ambition,” Saraki said.

Also read: #BayelsaElection: Gov Dickson wins second term

The Senate President commiserated with those who have lost their loved ones and called on security agents to do everything to bring the perpetrators to face the law.

Four people were reported dead.

“I commiserate with those who have lost a loved one and I call on security agents to do everything to bring the perpetrators to face the law,” Saraki added.

He bemoaned the violence came after the world at large congratulated the entire country for the gains made during the last general elections.

“The world at large congratulated the entire country for the gains made during the last general elections In particular the way we conducted ourselves during the elections, so we shouldn't allow any group or anyone to take us back,” Saraki said.

PDP’s Seriake Dickson, the incumbent, polled 134 998 votes against Timipre Sylva's tally of 86 852.

- CAJ News


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