The campaign organisation of Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) is determined on rigging next month’s governorship election in the state.
Jonathan Obuebite who is Director of Publicity of Seriake Dickson’s campaign disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing newsmen in Yenagoa.
In his statement, He said that the APC was employing “immoral and indecent strategies in place” some of which had been concluded to be executed on the day of the election.
“Of course, rigging an election can only be possible with the connivance of key institutions and agencies of government such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and the security agencies”
“We can say without any fear of contradiction that a lot of efforts have been made by the APC leadership in Bayelsa State to infiltrate INEC at both state and national levels to ultimately rig the election”.
Obuebite further added that the APC was planning to manipulate the poll through cloning and buying of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), that APC was weaving a plot to compromise the card readers with a view to falsifying the results that would be sent to PDP strongholds.
His statement also read that “APC was mounting pressure on some officials of the commission to distribute fake result sheets on the day of election while withholding the original copies to execute rigging”.
“This is a fact we came across through our intelligence network which we must emphasize is very credible.
“We can also authoritatively inform you that APC at critical levels of leadership is working in collaboration with two Northern governors and some important elements in the Presidency to achieve the daring objectives of rigging the Bayelsa governorship election.
“In this regard, we are aware that these people are perfecting the use of the military and police to intimidate voters and indeed hijack both electoral materials and result sheets at polling centres and during the transportation of these sensitive materials to the respective locations on Election Day”, Obuebite said.
In his statement, He claimed that the APC had sewn police and army uniforms to equip its thugs to enable them hijack electoral materials and intimidate voters.
“We have carefully examined the whole situation and felt convinced that we need to expose these plans ahead of the election which we hope will elicit appropriate response towards checkmating the stated loopholes”, he added.
The Dickson campaign body called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and stop the APC leadership and its foot soldiers from manipulating the governorship election as it would greatly dent his integrity. The body also appealed to the military and police authorities to warn their officers that would be deployed to the state against being used by the APC to intimidate and harass voters at the poll.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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