The campaign organisation of Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has raised the alarm that the All Progressives Congress (APC), is hell-bent on rigging next month’s governorship election in the state.
Director of Publicity of Dickson’s campaign team, Jonathan Obuebite, said this on Tuesday while briefing newsmen in Yenagoa.
He claimed that the APC was putting “immoral and indecent strategies in place” some of which had been concluded to be executed on the day of the election.
He said the party was collaborating with some powerful elements in the Presidency to ensure that the various moves designed to manipulate the election were realized.
“Of course, rigging an election can only be possible with the connivance of key institutions and agencies of government such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and the security agencies.
“We can say without any fear of contradiction that a lot of efforts have been made by the APC leadership in Bayelsa State to infiltrate INEC at both state and national levels to ultimately rig the election”, he said.
Obuebite said the APC was planning to manipulate the poll through cloning and buying of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
He said the opposition party was weaving a plot to compromise the card readers with a view to falsifying the results that would be sent to PDP strongholds.
He said the APC was mounting pressure on some officials of the commission to distribute fake result sheets on the day of election while withholding the original copies to execute rigging.
“This is a fact we came across through our intelligence network which we must emphasize is very credible.
“We can also authoritatively inform you that APC at critical levels of leadership is working in collaboration with two Northern governors and some important elements in the Presidency to achieve the daring objectives of rigging the Bayelsa governorship election.
“In this regard, we are aware that these people are perfecting the use of the military and police to intimidate voters and indeed hijack both electoral materials and result sheets at polling centres and during the transportation of these sensitive materials to the respective locations on Election Day”, Obuebite said.