Yenagoa - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa has denied allegations of purported plans to rig the rescheduled state assembly election slated for April 18.
The PDP Publicity Secretary in Bayelsa, Osom Makbere, told newsmen in Yenagoa on Thursday that the allegation was false, baseless and misleading.
The leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area had alleged that Governor Seriake Dickson planned to visit the area on election day.
According to APGA, the planned visit is with a view to influencing and swaying votes in favour of the PDP candidates during the elections.
"The PDP notes with dismay the unfounded and unsubstantiated accusations leveled against the governor and the PDP in the state.
"The PDP has maintained absolute decorum and orderliness in all the elections held so far in the state, all the cases of violence recorded in the previous elections were all perpetuated by the opposition against the PDP.
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"The accusations remain the figment of the imagination of APGA and the other opposition parties, who know too well that they cannot win election in a free and fair contest.
"Because of the pedigree of the PDP in the state, the PDP does not need to rig any election in Bayelsa to win because of the performance indices of PDP in the state," Makbere said.
The PDP called on its supporters in Kolokuma/Opokuma and the other places, where elections were rescheduled, to come out in their numbers and vote the party’s candidates.
According to the party spokesman, the police and other security agencies had given assurance of adequate security before and during the elections.
Makbere added that assurance had been given for a level playing ground for all the parties and contestants.