Bayelsa Polls: PDP Accuse JTF Of Bias. #Beekhaybee

The group working for the re-election of Governor
Seriake Dickson and the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) has taken a swipe at the Joint
Military Task Force (JTF) in the state.
The RCO took a swipe at the JTF for absolving itself of any
blame in the violence and malpractices which marred the
recent election in Southern Ijaw local government, saying
that the security body could have done better to forestall
the violence that led to the cancellation of the election.
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The group also rejected the position of the JTF on being
neutral as they accused the military outfit of colluding with
their opponents to rig the election.
They alleged that General Stevenson Olabanji, Commander,
2nd Brigade of the Nigerian Army, had at a news briefing in
Yenagoa last Saturday, December 5, regretted the violence
during the election and claimed the JTF made a number of
arrests, just as he stated that Governor Seriake
Dickson’s visit to Oporoma on election day fueled violence
in the area.
In a statement today, December 10, Director of Publicity of
the group, Jonathan Obuebite, blamed the JTF for the
security lapses, leading to loss of lives in Southern Ijaw,
informing that they did not heed advice by the
governor and others to postpone the election on account
of anticipated violence.
Parts of the statement read: “It is only fit and proper for the
JTF to own up to its failures and apologize to the people of
Southern Ijaw for the despicable and unprofessional
conduct of some of its officers, who clearly were more
interested in lining their pockets. It failed to give reasons
why it withdrew the military security attached to the
governor and giving order for them to be detained, thereby
compromising the security of the governor”, he stated.
“We expected the JTF to have done much more, knowing
fully well reports of arms build-up by the APC leading up to
the election. The JTF should have adopted a proactive
approach by deploying superior intelligence to track down
the movement of arms by APC thugs and arresting same
long before the commencement of the elections”.
The group noted that, even on Sunday, December 6, the day
of the rescheduled election, security concerns were still at
an all-time high, a development which prompted the
governor as the Chief Security Officer to visit Oporoma to
see things for himself, adding that he acted well within his
rights and out of genuine concern.
According to the group:“Unfortunately the JTF lied that the
governor’s presence further heightened security in the area.
That’s so cheeky and it only clearly shows that the military
was indeed compromised. The governor went to Oporoma,
headquarters of Southern Ijaw LGA out of genuine concern
for the security of lives of the citizens. He went there as
early as 7am long before the commencement of election.”
While applauding the gallantry and professional conduct of
some of its officers during the elections, which led to the
arrest of some thugs and hoodlums, the group challenged
the JTF commander and Commissioner of Police to reveal
the identity of those arrested and their sponsors.
“Much as we applaud the efforts of the JTF and the police in
effecting the arrest of some suspects and parading same to
newsmen, they should have gone a step further to reveal
the identities of those arrested and the big wigs in the APC,
who sent them. Or better still, they should have allowed
journalists to interview the suspects arrested to ask them
who sent them. The public deserve to know, so as to be sure
where to appropriately apportion the blame,” the statement
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Meanwhile, despite the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) having declared the December 5
governorship election in the state inconclusive, the
candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief
Timipre Sylva has asked the INEC to add up and announce
the results from the Southern Ijaw local government area
and declare a winner in the election.