Eleven governorship candidates in the Bayelsa poll have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to check the undue interference of his aides in the exercise by calling them to order.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive but has not announce a date for a supplementary election to hold.
Addressing newsmen in Yenagoa, yesterday, the candidates, under the aegis of United Governorship Candidates for Credible Elections, alleged that some high ranking political office holders in the federal government were the unseen hands who manipulated the electoral process and did everything to skew the election in favour of their preferred candidate.
Political parties whose candidates were present at the briefing include, Social Democratic Party, SDP; African Peoples Alliance, APA; Mega Progressives Peoples Party, MPPP; Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA; Peoples Democratic Congress, PDC; Citizens Popular Party, CPP; Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN; United Peoples Party, UPP; New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; and KOWA.
Governorship candidate of UPP, William Berezi, who read the signed statement on behalf of the group, also condemned the spate of violence in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area where elections could not hold leading to INEC’s pronouncement.
Berezi called for the deployment of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, Hashimu Argungun and immediate transfer of the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Nasiru Oki, over their alleged activities during the elections.
“In the spirit of fairness, as a factor of the appalling situation we saw in Southern Ijaw in particular, we hereby call on the military high command in Abuja to withdraw all soldiers deployed to provide security in that local government area.
“It can only be a fair comment if Mr. President tells the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Army Staff that what they are doing in Bayelsa state is wrong and should be condemned,” Berezi said.