- The traditional ruler of Ekpetiama Kingdom in Bayelsa, Ibenanaowei Dakolo, has alleged that ahead of the gubernatorial election in the state, weapons are being stockpiled
- The monarch said it was necessary that arms being held in the state are mopped up or there would be violence when results are announced
- Dakolo pointed out that process of electioneering is a conflict
The traditional ruler of Ekpetiama Kingdom in Bayelsa, Ibenanaowei Dakolo, has alleged that ahead of the gubernatorial election in the state, weapons are being stockpiled.
He made the allegation during a meeting between traditional rulers in the state and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in Yenagoa on Tuesday, October 15, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the monarch said it was necessary that arms being held in the state are mopped up; warning that if not done, there would be violence when the election results are announced.
He said: “There are a lot of loose weapons out there, we all know. There are a lot of drugs out there. These drugs are not made in Bayelsa drugs, neither are the weapons made in Bayelsa.
“There are weapons that are around here because either the Customs did not do their job or the security agents did not do theirs and so, they are around.
“The process of electioneering is a conflict, where someone wants a party to win and some else wants the other to win. When someone is announced winner, some will be jubilation while others will be shooting. So, can these weapons be removed?
“The IGP announced recently that even if you have registered weapons, return it. With the gunshots I heard yesterday, I know they have not been returned and most have not been registered.
“There should be a mopping up exercise to ensure that weapons are mopped up.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, called on Nigerians and politicians alike to respect the nation's hard-earned democracy.
Yakubu, while speaking on the forthcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi state, said Nigeria's democracy is not for sale.
Also warning against vote-buying and all forms of electoral malpractices, the INEC boss said Nigeria's democracy is not in the open market.
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!
Election not a do or die affair - Sanwoolu - on Legit TV: