IPAC warns of plots to cause electoral violence in Bayelsa
Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Bayelsa State says it has uncovered a plot by a political party to violently attack leaders of other political parties and their supporters in this Saturday’s state House of Assembly elections, particularly in Brass constituencies 1 and 2 in Brass Council.
IPAC said the planned violence is a low in Bayelsa State, where recent elections were peaceful and violence-free.
“It is indeed a desperate and inexcusable act of cowardice that can only come from a seriously bruised political party that has lost touch with current realities in our state and country.
“It is absurd to seek to regain relevance through the use of crude means,” it said.
The state IPAC, led by Mr. Kpodo Brisibe, said it is alarmed over reports about the movement of armed thugs in and out of the Brass Island immediately after the February 25 election.
“We have been informed about plans to carry out violent attacks in Wards 1, 2, 3 & 4 of Brass LGA on election day on March 18.
“In Okpoama Ward 4, we learnt there are plans to chase away the large voter population at the Orukumo Polo Polling Unit 3 and write a fake result in the end. Same thing is being planned for Dukuraku Polo Unit with 3,031 voters; Iseleama Unit 5 with 2,557 voters and Dikuma Polling Unit with 741.”