Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday raised the alarm that today’s governorship election in Southern Ijaw LGA in Bayelsa State was a mere formality as the All Progressives Congress, APC, in conjunction with military, police and INEC have already written the result of the election.
Election is expected to hold in the Southern Ijaw LGA to conclude the governorship election and PDP is already leading with over 30,000 votes in the results so far released in seven out of the eight local governments of the state.
The concluding part of the election is slated to hold in Southern Ijaw which has has a voting strength of over 120000 registered voters.
In a statement by the acting national chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, the party said from intelligence report gathered, the Saturday election was a mere election as the APC government had already written the results ahead of the election.
According to Secondu, “Southern Ijaw is the home local government of former governor of the state, Chief DSP Alamiseighga and a known Ijaw leader. The state is politically divided into Nembe, Ogbia and Southern Ijaw, that is the home LGA of ijaws where the governor, Siarake Dickson is from.
“This is the strongest home base of the PDP. PDP has been winning elections in this core Ijaw LGA because it is the ancestral home of all Ijaws where the former governor and Ijaw leader DSP Alamiseigha and Dickson hails from.
“Intelligence report at our disposal shows that the election is just a mere formality as results have been written with INEC standing as the main culprit. The secretary to the government of federation, the minister of defence and police has directed INEC to write the results in favour of APC. There is the use of Police and military personnel to intimidate voters and also scare them away as results are already written as directed.”
He said that winning the Bayelsa governorship election was part of APC’s plot of having a foothold in the South-south, saying, “all ministers and government officials from the zone have been directed to ensure that Bayelsa is delivered to APC at all cost.”
He called on international community to be aware of this plot of the APC controlled federal government to win the Bayelsa State governorship election at all cost, warning that this has the consequences of hurting the nascent democracy in Nigeria.
Secondus said Nigerians and the global community should hold the APC responsible should anything happen to democracy in the country because of the APC quest to turn Nigeria into a one party state.
He further warned that it was this quest of winning at all cost that was responsible for the collapse of the Second Republic.