Less that six days to the November 16th governorship election in Bayelsa State, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has raised an alarm over an alleged printing of ballot papers and other sensitive materials by the Bayelsa State Government and the People’s Democratic Party at Government House.
According to the APC, preliminary investigations showed that the process of printing of the said electoral materials has reached an advanced stage within Government House.
The APC, through a member of the Security Committee of the Campaign Council, Hon. Ebimobowei Tamarapriye, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), the police and all other security agencies, to investigate and confiscate the printed ballot papers and other sensitive materials by the Bayelsa State Government and the People’s Democratic Party at Government House for next week’s governorship polls.
According to the Statement,” Information at our disposal indicates that the process of printing of the said electoral materials has reached an advanced stage within Government House.
No doubt, this is a very weighty information that needs to be investigated with utmost urgency by INEC and all relevant security agencies as it has the capacity of snowballing into a major crisis.”
“This, no doubt, is a very crucial period in the annals of our state as we go to the polls to elect a new governor. It is, therefore, quite worrisome that the state government and its party have chosen this ignominious path obviously to upend the electoral wishes of our people who have, for about eight years of the restoration government, been dehumanised and forced to accept poverty-induced despair as a way of life”.
“It is also shocking that a party that claims ownership of structures strong enough to win the forthcoming elections has condescended to the lowest moral state of printing electoral materials for no other reason than thumb printing same, entering results and compromising INEC staff to accept same as authentic results.”
“This desperation on the part of the state government and the PDP is birthed on the very clear signals which indicate that indeed the masses have, from their deepest recesses, desired a change. As stated earlier, we once again, urgently ask all relevant agencies to step into the matter with a view of allowing democracy thrive.”