This weekend, Gov. Seriake Dickson (PDP) and former Gov. Timipre Sylva (APC) will go head to head once again in the battle to become the next Bayelsa governor as the rescheduled Southern Ijaw local government area poll will come up on Saturday.
As is usual with politicians, they are seeking spiritual backing and so both Sylva and Dickson ran to Calabar, Cross River State capital, where they met with Olumba Olumba Obu, the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star.
The Southern Ijaw LGA poll was cancelled by INEC due to irregularities when the rest of the state voted on December 5, 2015. It was billed to hold the next day but again was cancelled and rescheduled for January 9, 2016.
Gov. Dickson is clearly leading in the polls but Southern Ijaw is a crucial LGA with enough votes to cancel the lead if it swings massively for the APC candidate,Sylva. Before the botched Southern Ijaw election Dickson won in six local government councils namely Nembe, Yenagoa, Sagbama, Ekeremor, Kolopokuma and Ogbia. Sylva won only in Brass local government area.
Olumba Olumba Obu met with Sylva at the world headquarters of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Calabar, according to a report by Daily Trust. The APC candidate pleaded for divine intervention to emerge victorious. Sylva reportedly assured Obu of undisclosed appreciation, especially as the religious leader was embarking on a building project known as “Olumba Supreme Temple.”
Gov. Dickson did not visit personally, but he sent a team to the world headquarters of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star as well.
Olumba Olumba Obu confirmed the approach made by Sylva and Dickson in a recent sermon. “They are both running neck-to-neck at the election. Both are equal. I did not announce to their different delegations who amongst would come out victorious because that would have caused disaffection in the minds of brethren who support them,” Olumba Obu said.
Obu charged his adherents and Nigerians to pray fervently, saying that doing otherwise would result violent election.