- Bayelsa APC has denied allegations of colluding with the military to rig Saturday’s polls and cause violence
- The reaction was expedient following Governor's Dickson allegations of a synergy between the party and military to disrupt election process in the state
- Dickson also alleged that the photographer to the Bayelsa government house was shot by men of the Nigerian Army
The Bayelsa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, February 25, denied allegation by Governor Seriake Dickson that the party colluded with the military during Saturday’s polls to cause violence.
Doifie Buokoribo, the state publicity secretary of APC, disclosed this in Yenagoa, adding that the allegation was to blackmail the party.
The party said that it was regrettable that Dickson was raising a false alarm about violence during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
It added that the move was intended to mask the governor’s error and lawlessness during the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dickson had, in a press conference, raised a number of allegations, including that the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army and its GOC colluded with APC chieftains to unleash violence that characterised the elections leading to deaths.
He also said a ward chairman of PDP in Southern Ijaw and a photojournalist attached to the Bayelsa government house were shot by the military, killing the party leader while the journalist survived the shooting.
He said: “Dickson specifically excoriated former Bayelsa governor and APC leader, Chief Timipre Sylva. In Dickson’s court, Sylva and APC stalwarts are guilty of hijacking of electoral materials, killings – and even terrorism.
“Expectedly, the media has been awash with reports of “violence” by APC in parts of the state, particularly Twon-Brass and Bassambiri-Nembe.
“We reiterate that the APC in Bayelsa and its leadership had nothing whatsoever to do violence during last Saturday’s elections. Governor Dickson and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be held responsible."
It would be recalled that the PDP ward chairman, Seidougha Taribi and the photo-Journalist, Reginald Dei, were reportedly shot during the elections in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw LGA.
Dei was reported to be in a critical condition at Diete Koki Memorial Hospital Opolo, Yenagoa, while Taribi was said to have died on the spot.
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Spokesman of Army Brigade Major Jonah Danjuma, distanced the military from the alleged killings saying that on the contrary it arrested 15 armed men suspected to be thugs in a different area from where the deaths occurred.
According to the APC, the governor’s allegation remains wild and unsubstantiated against the Nigerian Army, the APC and its leadership.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some women in the Nembe area of Bayelsa state took to streets on Saturday, February 23, in protest against alleged hijack of materials meant for the local government area.
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.
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