The All Progressives Congress, APC, has kicked against what it described as an attempt to move the collation of results for Brass Local Government Area to Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The party alleged the move was a calculated attempt to manipulate the result of the votes in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Felix Morka, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, the APC urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to stand its ground and collate the votes of Brass LGA in Brass as mandated by law before moving to Yenagoa for the final state collation.
According to the party, Brass is a major APC stronghold where the people have voted massively for our candidate, Timipre Sylva.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to brazen efforts by Governor Duoye Diri and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unlawfully and unduly pressure the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to move collation of results of Brass Local Government Area to Yenagoa, the State capital.
“Brass, remarkably, is a major stronghold of our great party where the people have voted massively for our candidate, Timipre Sylva. The move is a calculated attempt to manipulate the result of the votes in favour of the PDP.
“INEC must stand its ground and collate the votes of Brass LGA in Brass as mandated by law before moving to Yenagoa for the final state collation.
“We also vehemently condemn Governor Diri’s fervent incitement of violent protests at the Peace Park in Yenagoa. This is utterly irresponsible and a violation of his oath of office as Governor. The people of Bayelsa deserve to vote and have results of the election declared in peace and safety. Governor Diri must stand down on his attempt to set Bayelsa state ablaze and uphold the important duty of his office as the Chief Security Officer of Bayelsa State.”