The Bayelsa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over what the party describes as ''a plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the upcoming election in the state."
The PDP made the allegation in a statement released to newsmen in Yenagoa and signed by state secretary of the PDP, Honourable Godspower Keku.
According to Nigerian Pilot, the party alleged that the APC leaders in the state led by former Governor Timipre Sylva are currently wooing supporters to defect to their party by using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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The statement said, “Sylva has assured unsuspecting members of the public that the president has given his word that he will deploy federal might in the forthcoming governorship elections in the state, as part of the strategy of the APC to wrest power from the PDP-led government.
“The former governor was reported to have summoned a closed door meeting involving some members of the security agencies and officials of INEC in the state in what close sources described as a way of showing off to his hordes of supporters milling around that he actually has the backing of the presidency.”
The statement also opined that the PDP defectors in the APC “are traitors and enemy to the Ijaw nation,we are all living witnesses to what happened in this state when these defectors and their leader, Timipre Sylva, plundered the resources of the state for five years.
“Clearly, these defectors are opportunists, big time traitors who left the PDP for the APC on account of their greed and nothing more. Essentially, they do not have anything good to add to the welfare of the people and good governance of the state except their insatiable appetite for corruption and ill-gotten wealth.
“But Bayelsans are no fools and they have spoken through recent elections that enough is now enough. All of us well meaning Bayelsans are all in agreement that our state must also develop like other well run states in the federation.
“This is the cornerstone of Governor Dickson’s leadership philosophy but regrettably, some of the political elite are not happy because of the rent factor which benefits only a few of them at the expense of the people,” he said.
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Recently, one of the PDP guber aspirants, Moses Siasia, said Bayelsa state needs a leadership mindset that can transform the state into becoming an economic and marine hub as government can use this sector to create massive jobs and industrialization for the people.