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Violence alleged ahead of Bayelsa, Kogi polls

15 October 2015, 10:06Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) of inciting violence in Kogi and Bayelsa states ahead of elections.

The opposition party claimed the APC had realised it did not have the support of the electorates in the two states, especially given its unpopular candidates.

“The APC has perfected a heinous plot to inject crisis in Kogi and Bayelsa, ostensibly to frustrate the electoral procedures within the constitutional time frame, so as to prevent PDP candidates, Governors Idris Wada and Seriake Dickson from being re-elected into office,” alleged PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

“We invite Nigerians to note that the build up to the militancy in Kogi has been long started by the APC and its candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, who has been fouling the state’s political environment with hate and inciting utterances, including threats to lives of PDP supporters and perceived political opponents,” Metuh said.

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He said in Bayelsa State, the APC in its desperation for power had been heating up the system and arming thugs, apparently to cause crisis in the state polity, frighten the electorate and possibly derail the election to their advantage.

“Nigerians are witness to the sponsored violence that characterized the APC governorship primaries in Bayelsa, with party leaders pointing accusing fingers at APC’s candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva.

“We are aware that the same set of APC thugs used during their primaries have now been further armed and instructed to attack PDP members and perceived opponents of the APC, intimidate electoral officials and disorganise the elections,” Metuh said.

Elections are set for November 21 and December.

APC had not commented on the allegations ahead of the polls.

- CAJ News


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