Following the lead of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson in the inconclusive Bayelsa governorship election, Bayelsans and stakeholders alike are asking the All Progressives Governorship (APC) candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva to accept defeat and congratulate the governor.
This admonition is coming from the various APC ward agents, who are among over 500 defectors, who last Saturday announced their decision to pitch tents with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They include Francis Asikpi from Ekeremor, Sinivie Rita – Southern Ijaw, Mike Okpolovie – Yenagoa, Jude Timi – Sagbama, Godwin Wilson – Ogbia and Zidougha Patrick from Nembe.
They all unanimously urged Sylva to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan, who chose the path of honour by conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari, even before the final results were announced to avoid an imminent chaos, mayhem and bloodbath.
According to them, the situation presents the former governor with an opportunity to rewrite the political history of the state, “because it will save the people of Bayelsa State the risks associated with the conduct of the election, like the events of the 5th and 6th of December, 2015 in Southern Ijaw, where fellow Bayelsans had to kill their own brothers.”
The defectors also decried the violent approach of the APC and their supporters, saying, after the period of the election, “everybody will come together and do things in common, as people from the same historical background and heritage.”
Wike advises religious adherents to promote peace Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared that Nigeria is a multi-religious and pluralistic society, which guarantees religious liberties and the freedom of every citizen to practice the religion of his or her choice.
Governor Wike said that though people belong to different religions, all religions afford people the opportunity to seek salvation.
Speaking at the African Regional Seminar of Eckankar in Port Harcourt on Sunday, Governor Wike who was represented by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Chief Kenneth Kobani urged adherents of different religions to promote peace and harmony for the stability of the world.
He said: “While we may belong to different religious persuasions, but all religions give a person the same chance of salvation. As human beings, we are children of the Omnipotent God, who never discriminates.
“The role of religion in shaping human civilizations is well known. As sources of belief, religion has not only been the foundation of universal human values; it has for centuries helped to concretise the common bonds that tie humanity together “.
He said a lot of work needed to be done to defeat the forces of hatred, division and religious extremism.
Governor Wike said : “As the governor of Rivers State, I want to assure that we will continue to advance the constitutional rights and freedom of all and ensure that people of faiths are welcome, protected and respected in Rivers State “.
In his address, the Regional Eck Spiritual Adviser for Nigeria, Mr Ifeatu John Areh predicted religious harmony in the country in view of recent developments.
Guest speaker at the seminar, Ann Archer Butcher of the United States of America emphasized the place of gratitude in the life of the people.
Another speaker, Mr Emmanuel Ukala (SAN )said gratitude was essential to the sustenance of human life.
Governor Wike was represented by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Kenneth Kobani, Chief of Staff to the governor, Engineer Emeka Woke and five Special Advisers.
The African Regional Eckankar Seminar attracted adherents of the religion from all over the continent.

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