The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), of rigging ahead of the Saturday January 9 governorship rerun election in Southern Ijaw LGA in Bayelsa state.
The opposition party said on Friday that the election is a mere formality, with the APC accused of working in conjunction with the military, police and INEC to pre-write the result even before the elections are conducted.
Election is expected to hold Saturday in the Southern Ijaw LGA to conclude the governorship election in Bayelsa with PDP already leading with over 30,000 votes in the results so far released in seven out of the eight local governments areas of the state.
The concluding part of the election is slated to hold in Southern Ijaw that has a voting strength of over 124,000 registered voters.
The PDP in a statement by its Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said that from intelligence report available to the party, the election to be conducted by INEC has been programmed to favoure the APC.
The party, however, warned that dire consequences might await the nation’s democracy in event the APC forcefully takes the states known as traditional power base of the PDP.
According to Secondus, “Southern Ijaw is the home local government of former governor of the state, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha 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, Sierake 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 Alamieseigha 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 have 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 is part of APC 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 the 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 that Nigerians and the global community should hold the APC responsible should any thing 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.