THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa State, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of planning to rig the December 5 governorship election in the state. The PDP raised the alarm over the transfer of the state commissioner of police saying it was part of a plot to rig the poll.
Serena Dokubo-Spiff, state chairman of the party, who made the allegation, said in a statement issued on Sunday, October 18, in Yenagoa, state capital. Dokubo-Spiff said the sudden removal of Paul Okafor, police commissioner, shortly after similar transfer of Baba Alhassan, state director of the Department, just a month to the election raised questions about the motives for such actions.
The PDP alleged that since the transfer of the two top security officers, there had been noticeable influx of criminals into the state with major threat to the security of lives and property. The development, he said was in concert with the plan of the APC and in collaboration with the federal government to rig the election.
The party said that the removal of the two security chiefs, who were well experienced and understood the terrain of the state so well at this point in time, made the decision of their transfer “unwise and curious.”
Dokubo-Spiff said: “Since the transfer of these two top flight officers, we have noticed the sudden influx and return of cultists, militants and other undesirable elements into the state who are already attacking and kidnapping innocent Bayelsans.
“Security bases and posts are also being attacked with arms being carted away to create an arms base for the cultists preparatory to executing plans of rigging the elections. Our findings also indicated that the APC was so obsessed with the rigging plan that it will inevitably involve violence and intimidation by various federal agencies, including security personnel to rig the election.”
He, however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the occasion and nip the alleged plan in the bud, adding that the only way the president and the APC could demonstrate the change they profess was to ensure free and fair election.
— Oct 19, 2015 @ 13:20 GMT