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Buhari urged to intervene amid electoral violence

06 November 2015, 13:36

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and ensure credible polls in the Bayelsa and Kogi States governorship election.

The party stated it would resist any attempt by the rival All Progressives Congress to derail the peaceful conduct of the polls scheduled for November 21 in Kogi and December 5 in Bayelsa.

“It is on this note that we call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of the nation and a huge beneficiary of the credible election organized by the PDP, to take immediate steps to rein-in his members, as their actions in Bayelsa state are capable of triggering a resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region,” PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, said.

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“Let the APC be amply reminded that Bayelsa and Kogi States are clear strongholds of the PDP and no amount of intimidation, threats and use of force will bend the will of the people or detract from their support for Governors Seriake Dickson and Idris Wada respectively” added the official.

He said moreover, the people of these states were not in any way ready or willing to accept any results that did not, in full measure, reflect their wishes and aspirations at the polls.

The sentiments come on the back of reports thugs on Tuesday attacked the convoy of the Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, ate the Swali Market in Yenagoa Local Government Area.

APC, whose members have been blamed for the reported attack, had not commented on the allegations of fanning violence.

“We are aware that the APC is already stretching its desperation to Kogi as well as Bayelsa state where, in the attempt to create tension, unleashed thugs on the campaign train of Governor Seriake Dickson on Tuesday, an action that is a clear test-run of their machinery of violence ahead of the Bayelsa December 5 election,” Metuh said.

- CAJ News


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