On November 16th there was no election in Bayelsa − Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson said on Monday that on November 16, 2019, there was no governorship election in Bayelsa.

The governor claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducting the election was an insult to Bayelsans.

He noted that what happened on that date (November 16) in the name of an election was a well-organized massacre of innocent individuals by state agents and INEC’s writing of results and announcing it in favor of the ruling APC.

”There was no election in Bayelsa on November 16; what they claim as election in that day was an insult to our people. as we speak, Nembe is under siege by security agencies. The brutality they visited on the people on that day is unprecedented,” the governor said.

He said the electoral commission, the security agencies and the ruling party should to apologize to the traumatized people of the state and to stop celebrating stolen mandate from the People’s Democratic Party.

According to the Governor, a committee he formed to investigate the high level of violence in Nembe, one of the state’s local government areas reported that no fewer than 93 people were critically injured and 12 killed during the election by militiamen during the poll.

Governor Dickson lamented that while security agents were assisting the APC in writing and recording results, nearly all collation officers were transported from Benin University and ordered to work for the group.

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