Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon, has promised to ensure the citizens of the state enjoy dividends of democracy under his incoming administration.
Lyon also described his INEC Certificate of Return as a social contract between him and the people of Bayelsa.
Describing November 16 as a historical day, he said the people trooped to their polling units with pains in their hearts to vote out the current government and usher in a new administration powered by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Lyon reiterated that he would treat the state revenue as the people’s money meant for development.
He said: “The Bayelsa money is not my money. The Bayelsa money doesn’t belong to my deputy. It is the people’s money and we will use it judiciously to develop Bayelsa State.
“I David Lyon, is signing a contract with the people of Bayelsa to bring peace to our state so that development will come to Bayelsa”.
Lyon said, though, in every election, there must be a winner and a loser but that in his own case everybody that contested with him should be regarded as a winner.
He also appealed to other contestants to work for his administration in order to ensure the rapid development of Bayelsa.
The governor-elect said the election was free, fair, credible and peaceful adding that it was the first time in the history of the state such contest was held without any loss of life.
He said he was particularly impressed that Southern Ijaw, his local government area hitherto notorious for electoral violence, went through the Saturday’s poll without violence.
He said: “I extend my greetings to the good people of Bayelsa, who went out with pains to decide the next government with their votes. They exercised their rights in the most peaceful election so far recorded in the history of Bayelsa.
“I assure you that David Lyon, his team and the APC will not disappoint Bayelsans. In an election, we always have many contestants especially in the one that we have just concluded in Bayelsa. Today by the will of God, I have emerged the winner. But that doesn’t mean that others, who contested with me are losers.
“They are also winners like me. There is no loser. This is the time for us to come together to develop Bayelsa. We have lost a lot. We have missed a lot. Let us come together to develop this our great state. I commend the Independent National Electoral Commission for doing a great job.
“I also commend security agencies for doing a good job. This is the first in the history of Bayelsa politics that the election is peaceful. Like the local government I come from, when the foreign observers came, they were asking that Southern Ijaw is usually violent during elections. But I told them that I was praying to God to make this election peaceful in Southern Ijaw.”