Oshiomhole said this in reference to the emergence of David Lyon as governor-elect of Bayelsa State, who put an end to the 20-year reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking with newsmen after presenting Lyon to President Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday, November 18, 2019, Oshiomhole said:
“We went to present the governor-elect, governor David Lyon to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As the President and our father, he has a brand new baby boy who will be sworn- in on Valentine Day February 14, 2020, as governor of Bayelsa State.
“We thank the president for his fatherly role and he insisted that we must ensure that while we are determined to win the election that we must play by the rule and ensure that the process is transparent and above all the president has always been concern about peaceful election and we were proud to inform him that besides very isolated cases of ballot box snatching, the election in Bayelsa can be described as the most peaceful.
“I believe since 1999, you as very seasoned journalists who have covered elections in Bayelsa in the past, you will agree that this is the only time we can say the election is truly transparent and peaceful.
“Again, our candidate attract supports across the political divide when you see territories and communities where his victory was being celebrated you will agree that not only did he had the support of the APC family, he had support beyond the APC family.
“And of course, the president was very happy that we had a peaceful election in Bayelsa state. But of course, we also know that there was an election in Kogi but that is a matter for another day when we present the governor re-elect.”
“For the governor this is a call to selfless service, the more support you get the more the expectations. As they say, to whom much is given, much is expected,” he said.
“When he takes over office in February Bayelsans will see the difference between his government and that of outgoing governor Serieke Dickson.”
Noting that Dino Melaye is the only senator who is still struggling among the 16 lawmakers, Oshiomhole said it was a big lesson that the electorate will wait for politicians who go to the polls to collect mandate on a particular political platform, then dumped the party for another party.