The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has declared Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa state as ‘very peaceful’.
NSCDC Assistant Commandant General (ACG) Mr Ideba Pedro, who led a monitoring team for the election, gave the remark in an interview with newsmen at Fankuku Primary Health Centre polling unit in Epie III, Amarata, Yenegoa.
Pedro said his team from the National Headquarters, Abuja, had monitored many polling units and report from the situation room also indicated that the election had been peaceful.
“The electoral process today is very peaceful, if there is any rumour of shooting it is not to our knowledge.
“The turn out is very encouraging. As you see the crowd here and the electoral process is going on peacefully.
“The people of Bayelsa are exercising their franchise and there is no molestation. The roads are free because vehicular movement restriction is enforced by security agents on duty, ” Pedro said.
He described working relationship among security agencies on the election duty in Bayelsa as very robust.
Asked if there had been record of vote-buying, Pedro said that the corps was yet to see any.
“For us as security agents, we have been moving round and we have not witness anywhere there is vote-buying, except you have any to tell us,” he said.