IGP vindicates us on police complicity in election rigging, says Diri
PDP Lawmaker Congratulates Lyon
Senator Douye Diri Campaign Organisation has said that the claim of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, of fake policemen in Bayelsa State during the November 16 governorship election vindicated it.
The campaign team had alleged that the police colluded with thugs to rig the election.
However, the IGP latter said that people he described as fake policemen caused the violence that marred the election.
The organisation’s director of media and publicity, Dr. Jonathan Obuebite, stated yesterday that the IGP’s statement only reinforced the position of the party that security agencies colluded with thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the election for APC.
Obuebite stated that it was inconceivable for the police authorities to claim that fake policemen perpetrated the shocking subversion of the will of the Bayelsa people in the charade called governorship election in the state.
He wondered how fake policemen would overpower the over 32,000 genuine policemen who were deployed to provide security in the election.
While it is distressing for the police to attribute the electoral violence in Bayelsa to fake policemen, it was a confirmation of the PDP’s earlier claim that security agencies, especially the army, colluded with the electoral body and thugs of the APC to rig the election, he said.
“The Senator Douye Diri Campaign Organisation wishes to say that the police account was a desperate attempt to provide a non-existent answer to the screaming issue of legitimacy around the Bayelsa election because of the violence unleashed on the state by federal forces and thugs on election day.
“We call on the IGP, as a respected public officer and the number one law enforcer with enormous influence and responsibilities, to show Nigerians the identities of these so-called criminal impostors and how many of them have been apprehended by the nation’s police,” he added.
Meanwhile, Felix Ayah, representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, has congratulated the governor-elect, David Lyon, on his victory at the election.
Ayah, a staunch member of the PDP in the house, in a statement signed by his media aide, Enikioubi Ebipamen, described Lyon’s victory as a pure reflection of the people’s love, confidence and trust in him.
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