Some women in the Nembe area of Bayelsa state took to streets on Saturday, February, 23, and marched on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in protest against alleged hijack of materials meant for the local government area.
Legit.ng learnt that the materials were meant for Opu Nembe and Oluasiri òf Nembe local government area but were reportedly hijacked on the orders of a former governor.
Accompanied by some male electorates, the protesting women demanded the release of the electoral materials.
They insisted that the electoral materials for Nembe constituency 2 and 3 comprising Opunembe and Oluasiri were hijacked and taken to Darius Hotel in Bassambiri to perpetrate electoral fraud.
A statement released by the Nembe local government chairman, Sunny Erewari, alleged that thugs being led by Chief Timipre Sylva, a former governor and chieftain of the APC, as well as one oil contractor in the state hijacked the materials and deprived the people their right to vote.
According to the chairman, some security agencies colluded with APC thugs to chase away all PDP members from Bassambiri adding that the women were protesting because they could not vote in spite of the fact that they all had their permanent voters cards.
It was also learnt that the local government agent for the PDP, Hon Jonathan Obuebite, said that elections did not hold in Nembe Bassambiri. He called for the cancellation of the exercise there.
He further claimed that while the security agents were doing their best to prevent total breakdown of law and order, a certain Lt Salishu, allegedly accompanied the APC thugs to perpetrate the fraud.
Calling on the leadership of the security agencies to investigate the activities of the lieutenant, he also tasked INEC to cancel the election, saying that the brazen derivation òf the people’s right to vote would be resisted.
Former Governor Sylva could not be reached at the time of this report as his phone lines were said to be out of reach.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that INEC cancelled the February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Bonny local government area of Rivers state.
Election in Bonny LGA was rescheduled for a later date after voting reportedly failed to take off in the morning as expected.
The commission’s spokesperson in Rivers state, Edwin Enabor, who confirmed the development said the commission will pick a new date for the election in the LGA to hold.
Enabor, while speaking on the postponement in the LGA said: “In Bonny, there was no election at all.
The exercise there has been postponed. It will hold on another day."
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