BAYELSA PDP HAILS INEC FOR REVERSING ASSEMBLY POLLS
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Bayelsa State has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the State for doing what was right, proper and fair by reversing last weekend’s rescheduled State House of Assembly polls in Brass Constituency Two, which had erroneously been declared in favour of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Speaking through its State Publicity Secretary, Barrister Osom Makbere, the PDP also debunked stories making the rounds that, Governor Seriake Dickson influenced the decision of the electoral umpire to declare the result inconclusive.
The statement blamed newly inaugurated member of the State legislature, Mr. Israel Sunny Goli of the APC and his State Chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, who armed and mobilized thugs, to beat up an NYSC ad hoc staff and other officials of INEC at Ewoama community on the Brass Island, while they were on their way to the collation centre to submit the results of some of the polling units, perceived to be strongholds of the PDP.
It explains, that Sunny Goli and Chief Orunimighe took the violent and barbaric step, having realized that, those results would have given outright victory to the PDP candidate, while also doctoring the results and forcing the returning officer for the assembly election to declare the APGA candidate as the winner, with the flimsy, orchestrated and unconfirmed report that, the election in those areas were marred by violence.
PDP expressed total disappointment with the action of Hon. Sunny Goli, who is an elected member of the State assembly for always resorting to violence and brigandage, without any regards to the electoral act, stressing that, it was high time such actions are stopped.
The statement also blamed the security agencies for not being proactive, even after the PDP has raised an early alarm that, the APC State Chairman was on his way to the area, with ex militants and thugs in a gunboat to disrupt the electoral process, pointing out the security personnel allowed themselves to be compromised.