#BayelsaDecides: PDP issues threat message to INEC

By Cynthia Ferdinand December 7, 2015 19:02

#BayelsaDecides: PDP issues threat message to INEC

Right smack in the midst of the fallout of the just concluded Bayelsa Governorship lections the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed its readiness and confidence to ensure that none of its candidates is rigged out of future polls.

The PDP described the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as incompetent and unable to conduct a successful credible election in a state when a broader election lies ahead.

Bayelsa, like the just concluded Kogi state elections was also declared inconclusive by INEC on the grounds of malpractices and disruptions.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Monday, December 7,the party commended the people of Bayelsa for  their strong efforts in  resisting  what they called the All Progressives Congress, APC’s, rigging machinery leading to the cancellation of the fabricated elections in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

“We condemn in the strongest possible term, the wanton confiscation and transfer of voting materials by security operatives directly to APC agents for outright allocation of votes.

“For the purposes of the rescheduled Southern Ijaw election, we wish to make it abundantly clear that we are ready, willing and able to defend the choice of the people.

“Never again will this leadership of the PDP allow our party candidates to be manipulated out of any election at any level. In that regard, we have activated our structures across the country to defend our mandate always, with all force and means available in a democracy.

“Nevertheless, we are indeed concerned about the apparent inability of the present INEC to conduct a credible election in a single state, especially in the light of the fact that very soon they will need to conduct a general election in all the states.”

It also took INEC over 48hours to present election results in a state with only 8 local governments; despite the reelections in some local governments in Kogi various controversies still remain unsolved.

The PDP is also yet to come to terms with the elections, while a faction of the APC has proceeded to court over irregularities in the decision made by INEC and the party’s leaders.

“Finally, for the security forces busy brutalizing innocent Nigerians exercising their democratic rights, we declare that they should hide their faces in shame over the flexing of muscles in terror free zones,” Metuh added.