On Tuesday, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide urged Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson to support the governor-elect, Chief David Lyon.
It will be in the interest of the Ijaw Nation to rally behind Lyon, the group said.
IYC, in a statement by its President, Eric Omare, appealed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Senator Douye Diri, to accept defeat and congratulate the winner.
The group said: “We congratulate Chief Lyon for coming out victorious in the keenly contested election. Your victory is a manifestation of the wishes of the people of Bayelsa State and by extension, the Ijaw nation.
“We call on other contestants, who lost out in the contest, to join hands with the governor-elect in the interest of the Ijaw nation.
“We also call on the outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson, who is a strong advocate of the Ijaw interest, to support the governor-elect in the interest of the Ijaw nation.”
IYC said Lyon, a son of the Ijaw nation, deserves the people’s support to succeed.
The group added: “The people of Bayelsa have spoken through their votes and they have spoken loud and clear.
“Having come out successful in a keenly contested election, the IYC calls on the governor-elect to use his position to unite the Ijaw nation, from Akwa Ibom State to Ondo State, for a common purpose, just as the Late Governor-General of the Ijaw nation Chief D. S. P. Alamieyesiegha, did.
“The governor-elect must see himself as a leader of all Ijaw people with a pan-Ijaw mandate irrespective of party affiliation.
“Chief Lyon must learn from the experience of the last years where the Ijaws have been so polarised, including our struggle platforms: the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide.
“It is our strong belief that the Ijaw nation can rise again with the incoming governor of Bayelsa State providing the right leadership. Let the Ijaw Nation rise again.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) said Lyon’s victory shows that the Southsouth was gradually accepting the party.
National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibediro, told The Nation in Abuja added that the re-election of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello indicated that party had come to stay in the Northcentral.
He said: “It is not easy to beat an incumbent in a state like Bayelsa that has been under the PDP for the past 20 years.
“But, when you present a good man as a candidate, a man who is at home with his people, there’s no way people can forsake such a man, especially when they are confronted with a very incompetent government that has been ruling the state for the past eight years.
“Bayelsa is a small state, one of those with the smallest number of local government areas and one of the states with a huge income from the Federal Government, due to its location.
“But, upon a visit to Yenagoa, you cannot see the effect of the large resources that go into Bayelsa. The victory, for Bayelsa people, is liberation.
“In Kogi, I want to thank the people for reconfirming their choice for the APC. A lot of things were said about Bello. But, as we all can see, these were propaganda from outside the state, the actual owners of Kogi have said who they want.
“It’s also another opportunity for him to correct the wrongs, if any, which people accused him of.
“I want to congratulate both governors-elect on the very important victories for their states and for our party.
“I hope that by their actions, they will renew the trust Nigerians are beginning to have in the progressive government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”