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It Is Insulting To Say Election Held In Bayelsa — Seriake Dickson

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Daniel Ojukwu

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has said that it is insulting to the people of Bayelsa to say that an election held in the state on November 16.

While addressing journalists on Monday in Abuja, the outgoing governor said the election was fraught with violence, which left many killed and injured.

He alleged that the perpetrators of fraud arrived Bayelsa with prepared results and given security aides for ease of movement.

His words: “The reality in Bayelsa is that there was no election. It is an insult to the integrity of the institutions and our people to refer to what happened on November 16 as an election”.

He went cited the exampleof violence wrought on supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe, few days to the elections, while also suggesting that the selected electoral officers were well known to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“They (PDP Supporters in Nembe) were attacked because they were warned not to come to the community to campaign, claiming the place belongs to APC,” He said.

He said that there were about 93 injured PDP Supporters from the area and at least 12 dead.

While reiterating his stance on foul play being the order of the day, he stated that on the day of the election, APC had no valid candidate for the elections as two Federal High Courts had ruled that the party take no part in the exercise.

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