Bayelsa Election: PDP hails Bayelsans, berates ‘compromised’ security operatives, INEC

The national leadership of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) commends the
courage of the people of Bayelsa state in
fearlessly curtailing APC’s rigging machinery,
which led to the cancellation of the fabricated
elections in Southern Ijaw Local Government
Area.
The party said but for the bravery of
Bayelsans in standing up for their votes
against the hordes of harassments by the
military and other security forces working for
the APC, their will as a people would have
been completely subverted in the election.
The PDP, in a statement by its National
Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh on
Monday said it is proud of the actions and
concerted efforts of its members in resisting
rigging and impunity.
“We condemn in the strongest possible term,
the wanton confiscation and transfer of voting
materials by security operatives directly to
APC agents for outright allocation of votes.
“For the purposes of the rescheduled Southern
Ijaw election, we wish to make it abundantly
clear that we are ready, willing and able to
defend the choice of the people. Never again
will this leadership of the PDP allow our party
candidates to be manipulated out of any
election at any level. In that regard, we have
activated our structures across the country to
defend our mandate always, with all force and
means available in a democracy.
“Nevertheless, we are indeed concerned about
the apparent inability of the present INEC to
conduct a credible election in a single state,
especially in the light of the fact that very
soon they will need to conduct a general
election in all the states.
“Finally, for the security forces busy
brutalizing innocent Nigerians exercising their
democratic rights, we declare that they should
hide their faces in shame over the flexing of
muscles in terror free zones.

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