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Published On: Mon, Mar 11th, 2019

Gov. Dickson, APC bicker over alleged violence during polls

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By. Isaac Ombe, Yenagoa.

Govervoer Seriake Dicksonof Byelsa state has cries out, saying the All Progressives Congress, APC, wants to takeover Bayelsa state by fire by force.
Dickson spoke shortly after he cast his vote in Unit 5, Ward 2 Totu Orua, his country home in Sagabama LGA also alleged that security agencies colluded with INEC officials to plant APC in the state at all cost.
Dickson who described his community as peaceful as folks go about their voting also alleged that Okpoama , the country home of Sylva , leader of APC in the state and other surrounding communities were thrown into violence to rig the elections.
He further alleged that residents of Peremabiri Community were sent back on their way to the riverine community Friday. The development, according to him disenfranchised lots of them .
“Sylva want to plant APC in Bayelsa by fire by force, he is
colluding with Security and INEC officials to plant APC in the state by force” decried the Governor who maintained that the state has been militarised and intimidation caused by the APC in the state since two weeks ago now
“ Okpoama and Egwema residents were held hostage by APC”, stressing that APC leaders connived with security and INEC officials “ all with a view to making Bayelsa ungovernable”
Dickson who also lamented that the Card Reader could not capture his finger prints again, decried that the Card Reader has never captured him since since 2015, stressing “ I don’t know if it has been specially programmed”.
Responding to the allegations, APC state publicity secretary, Doife Ola, described Governor’s Dickson outbursts as a sinking ship, and figment of imagination .
He said the governor is crying because he’s no more on ground, stressing ‘ he has suffered Bayelsans for too long and the people are tired of PDP. So they decided to vote enmass for APC which is the party on board.
“APC is on ground, and the people voted massively and peacefully. We don’t know where Governor Dickson is getting his violent messages from”, he added.
Most polling Units and Wards monitored in the state inlcluidng Gbarain Ekpetiama, Onuegbum and others witnessed peaceful voting except few areas like Ekeremor where a case of ballot box snatching was reported.

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