GOC Of Nigerian Army Subverting The Will Of The People Says Dickson
Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has lamented over the violence involved in the conduct of the February 24 Presidential and National assembly elections calling on the Independent Electoral Commission to reject results from the affected areas in his state.
He accused the military authorities particularly the General Officer Commanding, 6th Division of the Nigerian Army of subverting the will of the people in the electoral process in the state.
Recall that Naija News had yesterday reported that a government’s photographer was shot dead alongside a Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Seidougha Taribi.
Dickson who made the accusation Sunday at media chat in Yenagoa decried unlawful orders issued by the GOC to officers and men who allegedly provided cover for APC leaders and thugs to carry out electoral fraud in some parts of the state.
The governor also condemned the killings and hijacking of electoral materials in areas such as Bassambiri, Oluasiri, Opu Nembe, Agbere, Oweikorogha, Apoi, Azuzuama, and Korokorosei as well as taking hostage of officer’s hostage in a hotel at Bassambiri, describing the acts as terrorism.
He, therefore, called on the INEC to reject results from the affected areas to promote the integrity of the Commission and the electoral process.
Dickson, however, commended the people of Ekeremor and Town Brass who for the first time took the bold step to vote in the election.
His words:”It is unfortunate that the GOC has turned this Division to be the most politicized in the country. Illegitimate orders were issued where a General and officers were seen escorting politicians and supervising elections in Bayelsa. That is how the military particularly the Nigerian Army has reduced its integrity.
“You all know how I respect and support security agencies in this state who carry out their duties professionally and I will continue to do so.”
He added that at Agbere, a community that has never known electoral crisis, they went with about 50 soldiers in the company of an APC chieftain that heads one of the federal government agencies to scatter ballot papers which made women to protest the violation of their rights. They have turned our state into a garrison of sorts.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari that they are working for, how many guns has he bought for thugs to be shooting their own people in Katsina. In the same vein, in Atiku’s Adamawa, do we see APC leaders bringing security personnel to terrorize and kill their own people because of election?”
“I have all the evidence of the illegalities the General and his men were perpetrating against legitimate voters who were only asking to exercise their franchise freely and peacefully.
“They provided cover to APC leaders. Every APC leader has hordes of security officials during the election when we don’t even have enough police officers to man polling units.
“From all available intelligence, our state is under attack. APC thugs brandish weapons, shoot and terrorize our people in Bassambiri and carted away election materials meant for 7 wards.”