Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has accused the military and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of colluding with former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, to churn out fake results in the state House of Assembly elections.
Governor Dickson made the accusation while speaking with journalists shortly after casting his vote in his hometown, Toru Orua, Sagbama local government area.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as saying that federal agencies deployed to the state were executing a premeditated plan to foist the APC on the state.
The governor claimed that reports at his disposal indicated that several PDP members were prevented from voting in various communities including Peremabiri, Okpoama and Bassambiri.
The governor stressed that the APC led by Sylva was resorting to brigandage because it lacked the support base to win election in Bayelsa.
Dickson further expressed concern over the militarization of the Niger Delta states and urged all well meaning Nigerians to stand up in defence of democracy.
His words:”We have major challenges in this state arising from militarization and clear failure on the part of the agencies to do their jobs as it should be.
‘In Peremabiri in Southern Ijaw, several people, almost a thousand people couldn’t vote as they are now in IDPs hid in Yenagoa and other places.
“Criminals supported by the Nigerian military services have held the community hostage. Some security personnel who managed to get to Peremabiri were turned back and you ask me whether we have a nation within a nation.”