- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa has raised its voice over the alleged violence by soldiers during the general elections in the state
- The state chapter of the party headed by Moses Cleopas called on Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the chief of Army staff, to investigate the issue
- Cleopas wondered why the Nigerian Army has, according to him, remained silent over the alleged violence perpetuated by its soldiers deployed in the state
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa, has urged Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the chief of Army staff, to probe the alleged role of the military in the violence that pervaded the state during the polls.
Claiming that some soldiers were involved in the elections, the PDP in the state called on the Nigerian Army to look into the issue, Vanguard reports.
The PDP's chairman in the state, Moses Cleopas, said that said that the conducts of soldiers deployed in Brass, Nembe and Southern Ijaw local government areas call for query.
Cleopas expressed shock over the silence of the military on the killing of two PDP members in southern Ijaw, adding that the development are unacceptable.
He also wondered why the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, declared 3 constituencies in Brass, Ogbia and Southern Ijaw already won by PDP candidates as inconclusive.
Cleopas, went on to say that the victory of some candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was temporary and aided and that the PDP party will reclaim it in the tribunals.
Alleging that in Nembe all PDP members were chased away from Bassambiri, where APC candidates were declared winners, Cleopas said: “The PDP won everywhere in Bayelsa and in places where the APC has been declared winners, we will reclaim our mandate.”
He said that In Ekeremor constituency 1, a chieftain of the APC stormed the area with soldiers and forced INEC field officials to alter results by force.
Cleopas claimed: “The APC chieftain came with military men and doctored results and forced INEC to change results to the advantage of his party. This will not stand. “Nembe 2 and 3, Bassambiri was taken over by hoodlums.
"They chased away all PDP members from the community. Policemen who went there to maintain the peace were driven out by the APC in that area. They wrote results. There was no proper elections there.
“In the areas declared inconclusive, in Ogbia constituency 2, we were winning before military men came and carted away materials in Otuokpoti Same in Brass constituency 2 and Southern Ijaw 4, it was pure abracadabra.”
“We are going back for the inconclusive polls, but a situation where armed military men were used to harass our people cannot be tolerated.”
“It is on this note that we call on the Chief of Army Staff to investigate the activities of his officers and men in Bayelsa because it has become recurrent that army men now chase PDP members away from election points in favour of the APC.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the commission of inquiry on election violence set up by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state had commenced sitting.
The commission, which commenced the sitting on Monday, March 4, admitted evidences from complainants at the Multi-Door Court House in Yenagoa.
The chairman of the commission, Justice Ineikadei Eradiri, said the body would abide strictly with its terms of reference.
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