A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh has described as ‘ a mockery’ the figure allegedly concorted as votes cast for the emergence of Chief David Lyon as flag bearer of the party for the November 16th governorship election in the state.
According to Kpodoh, the less than 49,000 votes recorded during the controversial primaries of the party is a mockery of the .2million votes cast for President Muhammadu Buhari during the last Presidential primary of the party.
Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, while commenting on the outcome in Yenagoa, said the declared result of the governorship primaries was made without taking note of the fact that the over .2million members that participated in the Presidential primary that confirmed President Muhammad Buhari did not participate in the alleged fraudulent governorship primary.
‘With the figures given as results of the primaries, it shows it was handwritten. In the indirect primaries, those involved in the voting are few known officers of the party. But in the Direct mode of primaries, those involved should have party members. Are those involved in fraudulent declaration of result reducing the figures of our party members?Or have they entered into alliance with GovernorDickson and the PDP to rubbish us at the poll?’
According to Kpodoh, ‘instead of an increased participation of party members in the process, It is a joke that the attempt by the people who rigged the purported primaries in favour of Lyon did it without due consideration to number of party members. Those who rigged the primaries in favour of David Lyon are invariably telling the world that APC in Bayelsais is ess than 50,000 members.’
‘ How do you compare this result with the over 210,201 members who voted for Buhari during the APC presidential primaries? How do you also compare 45,000 members to the over 90,000 persons that voted for Buhari in the last general election? Clearly the 45,000 members of APC who allegedly voted for Mr Lyon is a message to the world that APC cannot win Bayelsa state.’
On the alleged involvement of the party’s National Chairman in the contentious primaries, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh accused the National Chairman,Adams Oshiomole of shaddy and bias support to the Former Governor and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources,Chief Timipre Sylva over fake promises of oil bloc.
He called on the National Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomole not to be deceived with empty promises and allow the party lose the forth coming election with the fraudulent emergence of a flag bearer without capacity,’ Sylva can not single handedly give out oil bloc without the approval of President Muhammad Buhari. Such deceit would not be allowed. Oshiomhole should know that what happened on Wednesday in Yenagoa is a fraud and a mockery of the APC.’
‘In a desperate bid to perpetuate the fraud, results were not signed by Electoral officers and agents of Governorship aspirants. The materials were moved from one hotel to the other until it was declared at Aridolf owned by the Wife of the Former President. ‘
‘We want to thank the Yobe State Governor for staying away from the mockery termed Governorship primaries in Bayelsa. His absence from the process showed that he is not disposed to electoral fraud and would not be seen as being involved.’
‘As a ruling government, we should have been seen to be conducting a more transparent and acceptable governorship primaries. What happened in Yenagoa was an eyesore. It is fraudulent that a flag bearer without the capacity of eloquence should be allowed to fly our party flag.’
Kpodoh called on President Muhammad Buhari to intervene in the crisis rocking the APC in Bayelsa and convene a meeting of all Governorship aspirants, the purported flag bearer, Chief Timipre Sylva and the National Leadership of the Party to discuss and resolve the crisis if the APC is still interested in the state.