Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa State says it had uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the December gubernatorial election in the state.
This allegation was contained in a statement released to newsmen in Yenagoa and signed by state secretary of the PDP, Honourable Godspower Keku.
According to him, the APC leaders in the state led by former Governor Timipre Sylva are currently engaged in a cheap recruitment exercise of wooing supporters to defect to his party by dropping the name of President Mahammadu Buhari.
He said, “Sylva has assured unsuspecting members of the public that the president has given his word that he will deploy federal might in the forthcoming governorship elections in the state, as part of the strategy of the APC to wrest power from the PDP-led government.
“The former governor was reported to have summoned a closed door meeting involving some members of the security agencies and officials of INEC in the state in what close sources described as a way of showing off to his hordes of supporters milling around that he actually has the backing of the presidency.”
The PDP scribe further reiterated that the defectors “are traitors and enemy to the Ijaw nation,” noting that “we are all living witnesses to what happened in this state when these defectors and their leader, Timipre Sylva, plundered the resources of the state for five years.
“Clearly, these defectors are opportunists, big time traitors who left the PDP for the APC on account of their greed and nothing more. Essentially, they do not have anything good to add to the welfare of the people and good governance of the state except their insatiable appetite for corruption and ill-gotten wealth.
“But Bayelsans are no fools and they have spoken through recent elections that enough is now enough. All of us well meaning Bayelsans are all in agreement that our state must also develop like other well run states in the federation.
“This is the cornerstone of Governor Dickson’s leadership philosophy but regrettably, some of the political elite are not happy because of the rent factor which benefits only a few of them at the expense of the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council central zonal chairman, Comrade Bobolaiyefa Owoupele in a separate statement issued this evening in Yenagoa, said the youths had resolved to resist every attempt by the APC-led federal government to use federal might to rig the election in favour of the APC in Bayelsa State.
“We will resist any attempt by the APC-led federal government to interfere in the governorship polls in Bayelsa State. We are using this medium to send a clear message to President Buhari not to allow himself to be deceived because the consequences of a rigged election in this state will be met with very stiff resistance.”

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