All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA candidates for the House of Assembly elections for Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituencies 1 and 2, Mr. Preye Ozori and Ebiye Tarabina, have raised the alarm over alleged plot to rig rescheduled elections in Yenagoa.
At a press conference yesterday, the candidates accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of colluding with the Bayelsa State government to rig the constituencies’ polls in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
They said the appointment of Mr. Charles Tambo, General Manager of Bayelsa State Newspaper Corporation and brother of Governor Seriake Dickson, as a Collation Officer of Kolokuma-Opokuma was a first step towards the realisation of their plot.
They alleged that Tambo was deliberately appointed with the primary aim of hijacking the results for the constituency during the elections.
The candidates also said, “The Bayelsa State government also plans to flood Kolokuma/Opokuma on the Election Day with thugs, fake military officers and policemen, essentially to cause violence and bloodbath.
“The whole plan is to generally intimidate our supporters from coming out to vote so that the PDP can easily rig the elections.
“The most disturbing aspect of the entire plan by the Bayelsa State government to rig the election is the purported vow made by Governor Seriake Dickson that he will come to Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA to personally supervise the elections on April 18 and ensure that the PDP wins at all cost.
“Assuming but not conceding that Dickson made the vow, we hasten to point out that Dickson, being not an indigene of Kolokuma-Opokuma is barred by the electoral act from supervising elections in our local government.”
They said, due to the unfolding scenario, they had petitioned national chairman of INEC and the Inspector General of Police to act fast to protect them and their supporters.
The candidates urged them to direct and ensure that the commission replaces Mr. Charles Tambo as the Collation Officer for Constituency 1 with another person, preferably a university lecturer not associated with the government.
They also urged INEC boss and the IG to direct and ensure that the state INEC does not release any essential materials for the LG in its custody to the government or its agents to rig the election.

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