BAYELSA ELECTION: GOV. DICKSON CONDEMNS ELECTORAL VIOLENCE RECORDED IN SOME POLLING UNITS……..DESCRIBES IT AS CRUDE, BARBARIC AND UNDEMOCRATIC
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has condemned in its entirety the violence perpetrated in some parts of the state by the opposition party that resulted in the killing of some persons during the electoral process at the weekend.
Addressing the newsmen shortly after casting his vote at polling unit 5, ward 2 Oruerewari in Toru Orua, Sagbama local government area, the governor commended the people of the state for showing determination to exercise their franchise despite of intimidation and harassment by members of the leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
The governor expressed concern over reports of violence and killings in some parts of the State, adding that such development would not promote a free and fair election.
According to him, “I have received disturbing reports of premeditated attacks on my party supporters in Twon Brass, and attacks sponsored by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, Teco in Ekeremor town and another attacks on the PDP supporters in Oporoma resulting in the death of at least one person.
“I am not convinced with the steps that the Federal controlled security agencies have taken in creating a conducive, safe and secure political environment for voting to take place”
Commenting on the epileptic performance of card readers in some polling units, he expressed unhappiness over the malfunctioning of the card reader as the machines was unable to capture the biometrics of his family.
According to him, “in spite of trials and assurances, you all saw that my fingerprints were nor recognized, same for my wife and mother. So we have a serious problem as far as the so called smart card readers are concerned.
“I hope that we don’t continue to portray ourselves as an unserious and fraudulent Country, manipulating anything and everything.