Bayelsa Polls: Governor Dickson condemns violence, killings


Okafor Ofiebor/Port HarcourtGovernor Seriake Dicksonof Bayelsa State
Governor Seriake Dickson has condemned the electoral malpractices and violence which marred the supplementary elections in Brass, Nembe, Ekeremor town and parts of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area on Saturday.
In a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the governor accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains of masterminding the killings of innocent Bayelsans and wondered why the APC would kill to capture power.
While re-iterating his earlier stance that the APC was not ready for one-man one-vote, the governor said the violence has also vindicated him on his earlier position that the security agencies particularly, the Nigeria military are partisan and not willing to create the enabling environment for a free and fair election to take place.
The Governor also accused the security agencies of providing cover for the APC to perpetrate violence and rig the elections in the state.
To achieve their sinister plot, he alleged that APC militants hijacked election materials and wrote results in many wards of Southern Ijaw, Brass, Ekeremor town, Brass while elections were disrupted in parts of Yenagoa and in a polling unit in Otokpoti, Ogbia Local Government.
The governor called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to cancel the elections in polling units where the APC hijacked election and wrote results.
At press time, the governor alleged that at least 14 people were feared dead, four of them policemen, two soldiers and eight civilians in Ekeremor alone.
He also alleged that many PDP members were attacked in Brass and Southern Ijaw and are in
critical condition at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.
The governor wept for those who were killed and prayed for the repose of their souls.
While calling for the arrest of the perpetrators of the killings,
Governor Dickson condoled the families …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper