Thugs Force INEC To Cancel Election In Bayelsa Wards
The Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC), in Bayelsa State have cancelled the March 9 State House of Assembly election of ward 16 and 17, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
The electoral body made the announcement, following the accusations made by members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Yenagoa on Monday.
The APC had asked INEC to cancel elections in Koluama, claiming that activities of some thugs had disenfranchised eligible voters.
One of the party's representative had accused the state Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Cleopas Moses, of hijacking INEC sensitive materials during the elections.
At the party's secretariat located at Yenezue - Gene, the Chairman of the APC ward 17, Mr David Sese, told Bounce News that election materials meant for ward 16 and 17 (koluama 1 & 2), were hijacked by some chieftains of the PDP.
Mr Sese further stated that some thugs sponsored by Moses Cleopas and Tiwei Orunimighen, and led by Mr Ebimene Ayawei, hijacked a 200 horsepower speed boat loaded with electoral materials at Ukubie Waterfront.
"PDP thugs held the boat driver at gunpoint and carted away sensitive materials.
"The IPO was also held hostage and forced to sign his signature but the arrival of a military gun boat saved him.
"There was no election at ward 16 and 17 in Koluama communities" he emphasised.
The State Coordinator of the Niger Delta Peace Initiative, Mr Clifford Wilson, also explained that the thugs shot sporadically in the air before the materials were diverted.
"The sound of gunshots scared away voters and the opposition.
"If fake results are announced, we will go to court," he concluded.
Now, the APC's claims may have been confirmed, with INEC cancelling election in the wards affected.
It has not announced a date for the re-run.
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