We Wont Allow Rigging in Niger Delta – Patriotic Coalition Tells APC, INEC

by on October 26, 2015

The Niger Delta Patriotic Coalition yesterday warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Com­mission (INEC) not to rig the forthcoming Bay­elsa State Governorship Election scheduled for December 5.

The Group called on the newly appointed Chairman of INEC, Pro­fessor Mahmud Yakubu, to desist from any at­tempt to connive with APC to rig the forth coming election.

The call, the Group said, has become neces­sary following reports that Yakubu was ap­pointed to reclaim the Niger Delta region for the ruling All Progres­sives Congress.

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, Pastor God­knows Okauru, said neg­ative criticisms, which greeted the appointment of Yakubu is a serious cause for worry having heard from several quar­ters that some stalwarts of the rulling party have vowed to reclaim the oil rich Niger Delta region by every possible means.

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He said there are omi­nous signs in the air to confirm their fears hence the need to call Professor Yakubu to or­der is necessary to sus­tain democratic gains.

Okauru said President Muhammadu Buhari, should remember that he is the President of the entire country and not a select few who might have supported or sym­pathised with his politi­cal aspiration in the past.

He urged Buhari to provide a level playing field for all citizens to excise their constitu­tional franchise accord­ing to existing rules and regulations guiding the conduct of transparent, credible, free and fair election anywhere in the world.

“President Buhari, who is the greatest ben­eficiary of his predeces­sor’s democratic cre­dentials, has so many lessons to learn and to prove to Nigerians that he is now a born again democrat. This is ex­pected to play out in both his official and pri­vate conduct during the forthcoming guberna­torial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States where his party’s candidates are banking on the use of the electoral body and the security agencies to rig the elections in their favour.”

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Source: AuthorityNGR

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