…to petition authorities, set up panel on killings, violence
…Dickson crying wolf to cover up violent disposition to Poll—APC
By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has accused the military authorities particularly the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army of subverting the will of the people in the electoral process in the state.
Dickson, yesterday during a media chat in Yenagoa, decried the unlawful orders issued by the GOC to officers and men who allegedly provided cover for suspected All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders to carry out electoral fraud in some parts of the state.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the GOC has turned this Division to be the most politicized in the country. Illegitimate orders were issued where a General and officers were seen escorting politicians and supervising elections in Bayelsa State. That is how the military particularly the Nigerian Army has reduced its integrity.
“You all know how I respect and support security agencies in this state who carry out their duties professionally and I will continue to do so.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari that they are working for, how many guns has he bought for thugs to be shooting own people in Katsina State. In the same vein, in Atiku’s Adamawa, do we see APC leaders bring security personnel to terrorise and kill their own people because of election?
“I have all the evidence of the illegalities the General and his men perpetrated against legitimate voters who were only asking to exercise their franchise freely and peacefully.
“They provided cover to APC leaders. Every APC leader has hordes of security officials during the election, when we don’t even have enough police officers to man polling units.
“From all available intelligence, our state is under attack. APC thugs brandished weapons, shoot and terrorize our people in Bassambiri and carted away election materials meant for seven wards.”
Dickson crying wolf to cover up violent disposition to Poll —Bayelsa APC
However, the APC in the state in a statement accused Governor Dickson of raising a false alarm about violence during Saturday’s presidential election in the state to try to conceal his own violent attitude to the poll.
APC through its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, said Dickson and his supporters in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were to blame for any crisis during the election in the state following their groundwork, which they unsuccessfully tried to mask.
APC said neither its leaders nor supporters had anything to do with violence or illegal activities during the election, and accused Dickson of trying to divert attention from his “evil plots” towards the vote by making hasty allegations against the party.