Bayelsa Polls: Asari-Dokubo gives FG 7 days ultimatum, ex-militants regroup
The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahid
Asari-Dokubo, on Thursday gave the Federal Government one week ultimatum
within it should hands off alleged plan to rig the governorship election
in Bayelsa State and install the All Progressives Congress (APC)
candidate, Timipre Sylva, as winner.
The ex-militant in a statement issued in Yenagoa accused the Federal
Government and its agencies of collaborating with the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the election.
He warned that except government steers clear of the alleged complicity,
ex-militants would return to the creeks to resume agitation with
consequences on strategic oil installations.
He stated that in furtherance of this, the ex-militants have regrouped
under a new formation known as the Reformed Ex-Agitators of the Niger
Delta which he claimed he is now leading to press for a democratic process
in determining the outcome of the election.
“If by next week the Federal Government does not hands off from the
Bayelsa polls by allowing the people to freely choose their leader but
still interfering through the observed various guises and deception, then
we would have no option than to return to the creeks to press for our
rights as patriotic citizens being unduly oppressed and dehumanized all in
the name of politics”, he stated.
Asari-Dokubo said the new group frowned at the role of the Joint Task
Force (JTF) in the Southern IJaw election saga, alleging that the military
received direct instruction from President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that
the APC candidate, Timipre Sylva, was declared winner against the wish of
He said, “We have said it before that President Buhari is executing an
anti-Ijaw agenda and his aim is to steal our God-given resources to
rebuild the north destroyed by Boko Haram. That is why he is hell-bent on
manipulating the electoral process in Bayelsa State and hand it over to
the APC. They are exploiting Sylva's greed and desperation for power and
therefore using him to carry out their evil agenda. But we want them to
know that this country will go up in flames if they try it. Boko Haram
will be a child's play if President Buhari and his APC think they can
upturn the people's mandate. It would be a grave injustice which can never
stand. We are Ijaw people and we have never been conquered”.
Dokubo-Asari stressed that going by the results already declared by INEC,
PDP's candidate, governor Henry Seriake Dickson, had won 6 of the 7 local
governments declared with a margin of 33,154 votes and has thus fulfilled
constitutional requirement of 2/3 spread and popular votes but without
Southern Ijaw as the only local government remaining.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to ensure the election is
rescheduled and conducted in a transparent process just as he reiterated
that his new organization would be watching to see if the government still
interferes in the process till next week and would then launch “a full
scale agitation to save our people from modern day slavery of
intimidation, oppression and dictators.
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