Bayelsa APC, PDP clash disrupts meeting attended by IGP, INEC boss Mahmood

Bayelsa APC, PDP clash disrupts meeting attended by IGP, INEC boss Mahmood

The meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bayelsa for stakeholders of the November 16 election was stalled by the tension between the PDP and the APC in the state.

It all started when a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Francis Duokpola, claimed that some persons were forced out of Nembe Bassambiri in the last general polls to live in Yenogoa as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), The Nation reports.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s members rejected Duokpola's claim at the meeting which has in attendance INEC's boss Yakubu Mahmood and IGP Mohammed Idris.

The APC stakeholders also denied the PDP chieftain's allegation that INEC has so far done nothing about the issue, adding that the entire report was false.

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The disagreement between PDP and APC members made the meeting to turn chaotic as Mahmood tried in vain to restore order to the gathering.

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Following this, the INEC's boss simply gave a vote of thanks and called for a recitation of the national anthem to end the meeting.

Meanwhile, reported that fears had been expressed over the possibility of violence in the forthcoming Bayelsa gubernatorial elections.

The alarm was raised by the traditional ruler of Ekpetiama Kingdom in the state, Ibenanaowei Dakolo, who said that weapons were been pilled up ahead of the polls. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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