All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa has called for the redeployment of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Commissioner, Mr Baritor Kpagih, over alleged complicity.
A statement issued by the Sylva-Igiri campaign organisation of the APC in the state has raised fresh alarm over the level of complicity of REC in the state, in last Saturday’s governorship election.
The party had earlier raised concerns that some top officers of the commission in Yenagoa office were working for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to undermine the election.
“We had thought that Mr. Kpagih would remain neutral and not allow his relationship with the former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, and the former first Lady, Dame Patience, affect the conduct of the election.
“But his actions clearly showed that he was doing the bidding of the former President, who appointed him into INEC as a Resident Electoral Commissioner in 2012. We are now compelled to let the whole world know that Kpagih and Dr Jonathan were colleagues in the Nigeria Customs Service,” the statement said.
Mr. Kpagih rose to the position of an Assistant Comptroller-General of the customs service before his compulsory retirement in 2008, after which he was appointed into INEC by Dr Jonathan.
Further, the statement said, “The body language of Mr Kpagih, who is from Rivers State(state of birth of former First lady, Dame Patience), was a clear indication that he was acting out a script handed over to him to deliver the PDP like he has done previously.
“For Mr Kpagih to have allowed the charade called election in the 7 local government areas already declared, sends strong signals that the INEC was willing to just announce the PDP the winner.
“The preliminary report of the number one election monitoring group in Nigeria, Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, has painted the true picture of the December 5 election, which was charasterised by violence, intimidation and manipulation.”
The campaign organisation expressed worries that the INEC will accept results in such local government areas as Sagbama, Ekeremor, Nembe, Ogbia and parts of Yenagoa despite the APC’s protest highlighting that the electoral process had been compromised.
The campaign organisation therefore called for the immediate redeployment of the REC because of his personal relationship with the former President, who is an interested party in the state.


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