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Tension in Bayelsa as militants regroup ahead of rerun election

28 December 2015, 06:24

Yenagoa - There is palpable tension in Bayelsa State ahead of the January 9, 2016 crucial rerun governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government area and 112 other units in the state, reports NewsDay.

The tension follows the re-grouping of militants from Delta and Rivers states, who are bent on disrupting the electoral process in the state.

The militants are said to be re-grouping for the purpose of rigging the election in favour of one of the candidates, and unleashing violence where and when necessary.

An ex-militant leader from Delta State is said to be the brain behind the alleged assembling of the thugs.

Also read: PDP, APC bicker over rigging plots in Bayelsa rerun poll

The ex-warlord had vowed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not be allowed to take over the state of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The ex-militant leader was said to be the brain behind the widespread violence that swept across the state during the December 5 and 6, 2015 inconclusive election in the state.

Southern Ijaw LG with well over 120 000 registered voters – the largest in the state – holds the ace in determining who becomes the next governor of the state between the incumbent governor, Seriake  Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Timipre Sylva of the APC.

Dickson garnered only 33 000 votes more than Sylva from the other seven local government areas of the state in the December 5  and 6 inconclusive election.

Both camps have been accusing each other of plans to rig the rerun election.

Read more at NewsDay.

- News 24


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