As results from the Bayelsa governorship poll continue to trickle in, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the cancellation of results in two local government areas.
A statement by Chief Nathan Egba, director Media and Publicity, Sylva-Igiri Campaign organization reads: “Following widespread violence, security breaches and election manipulation that were carried out by Governor Seriake Dickson and his party the PDP, in parts of Bayelsa state during last Saturday’s Governorship election, the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation hereby calls for the cancellation of results from Ekeremor and Sagbama local government areas of the state.
“It is now a well-known fact that over one thousand armed men suspected to have been imported from Delta and Rivers states by Gov. Dickson stormed Ekeremor community where they unleashed terror on the entire community from the wee hours of election day for many hours before they were repelled by the army, only for them to return in the evening
when results were about to be collated.
“The gun men we suspect were hired for the sole purpose of assassinating Sen. Heineken Lokpobri, the Hon. Minister for State, Agriculture, as they launched a sustained attack on his residence with grenade, dynamite and gunshots for hours before the army repelled them. He was very lucky to have survived that night as they returned in the evening to continue till they were again repelled by the army.
“But in the meantime, they had carted away sensitive election materials to manipulate in favour of PDP and returned for collation.”
The APC’s statement comes after the PDP and Governor Seriake Dickson called for the stoppage of the rescheduled governorship election in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.
Southern Ijaw local government area has the highest number of voters in Bayelsa state and is the home council of the Elder Wilberforce Igiri, the APC deputy governorship candidate, and Chief Tiwei Timipa Orunimighe, the state APC chairman.
The PDP won in Sagbama local government, polling 28,934 votes to the APC 5,382, while in Ekeremor local government area, the PDP 14,602 was way better than the APC, 7,918.