Bayelsa state Governor, Seriake Dickson, presented video evidence to back up his claim of electoral violence and rigging in the state’s governorship election that held on Saturday.
The governor made this known on Tuesday while addressing a world press conference in Yenagoa.
Dickson described the election as a charade and a carefully orchestrated plan to forcefully take over the state towards entrenching a one-party system in the country.
He said: “This was not the first time that we are having elections. People were killed, some ripped open and thrown into the river and up till now no arrest.
“As democrats, we believe in using democratic procedures in challenging what happened in Ogbia.
“In Ogbia, there was no collation done. In most of the areas, at the conclusion of voting, the soldiers came and rounded up everybody and forcibly took them to Ogbia town and asked all PDP leaders to leave to enable them to replace pre-written results.
“And so the results announced for Ogbia, like those for Southern Ijaw and Nembe were not real. “What has happened in Bayelsa is one of the most brazen acts of distortion and rape of our democracy.
“What took place was not a democratic election. It was a military coup. It was the height of conspiracy by the federal government and security agencies to subvert the democratic rights of our people for the sole purpose of foisting the APC on the people.
“It has never been like this before. In 2015, it wasn’t as bad as this. In this case, not only was the Army directed to take over our place, but to collude with the APC thugs to unleash terror on our people.”
The governor urged Bayelsans to be calm adding that the reprehensible acts against democracy would be addressed through democratic procedures.
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