Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum, says Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, made it easy for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to end the 20-year reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
He said this while addressing journalists at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday.
Sylva and other APC leaders including David Lyon, Bayelsa governor-elect, paid a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister said the party will spread from Bayelsa to other states in the south-south and south-east regions.
“It’s been a very hectic week but I will like to bring in this Eritrean proverb, that if you marry a wife very well, you will be blessed with another wife. Governor Dickson, unfortunately made our job very easy because he married the wife very badly,” he said.
“Like it’s been said earlier, we had a good candidate and when you have a good product it’s very easy to sell it. So we went round and sold this good to Bayelsans and the result was an overwhelming success.
“From here we will gradually grow the party in the south south and the south east. APC is a good product just like our governor and we intend to sell that good product in the whole of the south south and the south east.”
During the visit, Lyon thanked the people of Bayelsa for voting him during Saturday’s election.
He also thanked Buhari for his words of advice, promising not to disappoint the ruling party.
“Today, on behalf of my APC leaders, I promise Bayelsans that, we will serve them and not them to serve us. We also promise to respect leadership which is key for us. Today their vote has been counted and the people of Bayelsa will be respected,” he said.
“I am sincerely grateful and to our father, the president of this country, for his fatherly advise this afternoon, as one of his sons in APC, we want to say we Bayelsans will not disappoint APC.
“We will consult with our leaders, traditional rulers and I believe there will be a serious positive change in Bayelsa state. This incoming administration will make Bayelsans to see positive developments and that is key to us.”