As the supplementary governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and 101 other polling units across Bayelsa State is taking place, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the exercise as a mere formality as the All Progressives Congress, in conjunction with the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have already written the result of the election.
The election is underway in Southern Ijaw and the other polling units to conclude the governorship election held on December 5, 2015, but was declared inconclusive by INEC.
The PDP candidate and incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson, was leading his challenger, Timipre Sylva of APC with over 30,000 votes in the seven out of the eight local governments of the state released before the postponement.
Southern Ijaw local government has over 120, 000 registered voters and will be the deciding factor in who emerges governor of the state.
In a statement Friday, the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, said that from intelligence report gathered by the party, Saturday’s election is a mere formality because the APC, using federal might, has already written the results ahead of the election.
“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 and our party has been winning elections in this core Ijaw LGA because it is the ancestral home of all Ijaws
“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”, he said.
The PDP Chairman alleged that Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, as well as the Minister of Defence and the Inspector General of Police “have directed INEC to write the results in favour of APC”.
He also said “there is the use of Police and military personnel to intimidate voters and also scare them away as results are already written as directed”.
Secondus noted that winning the Bayelsa governorship election is 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 the APC at all cost”.
He, therefore, called on the international community to be aware of the plot warning that this has the consequences of hurting Nigeria’s nascent democracy.
Mr. Secondus said Nigerians and the global community should hold the APC responsible should anything happen to democracy in the country because of the APC’s quest to turn Nigeria into a one-party state.
The PDP chair recalled that it was this quest of winning at all cost that was responsible for the collapse of the Second Republic.