The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has alleged that the Nigerian Army carried out what he termed “military coup against democracy” during the just concluded presidential and parliamentary election in his state.
Dickson explained that military personnel deployed to the state during the last elections operated as a terror force.
Speaking while presenting flags to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Assembly candidates in Yenagoa, the state capital yesterday, Dickson, however, urged the people to turn out in their large numbers to vote for all PDP’s candidates despite the brazen intimidation and harassment by partisan security forces.
He said: “The Nigerian nation has once again failed our people by preventing them not only from voting but also accessing their homes in places such as Nembe Bassambiri.
“Even when we sent Civil Defence Corps and mobile police operatives to the communities, the hoodlums and their supporters chased them away. I’m afraid that our communities are becoming a lawless society.
“The last election that held just a few days ago can best be described as a military coup against democracy in our state. I don’t expect anything less in this coming election, but despite that, we won in all the units, wards, and constituencies where election took place.
“But let me assure you that the charade they organised in Nembe Bassambiri and Southern Ijaw will not stand. I urge PDP leaders not to fall prey to the propaganda and blackmail.”
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