ABUJA: THE Movement for the Survival of the Niger Delta Indigenes (MOSAINDI) has expressed its opposition to the alleged militarisation of the Bayelsa State, where governorship elections were recently declared inconclusive. “We wish to express our concern over what is evolving in the Bayelsa State Governorship election. We noticed the high presence of the military and police in the name of monitoring the governorship election last weekend,” MOSAINDI Spokesperson, Godgift Edigbe, said.

“To say the least, it was as if the military had taken over in the state. However, we out of our self determination stand wish to remind the President Mohammadu Buhari led Federal Government to retrace his step.” Edigbe said EdigbeHe should take a cue from the former president Goodluck Jonathan, who inp site his ambition, maintained all electoral democracy without intimidation, hence the world respected him for that.

“Let intimidation, via the use of military stop in Bayelsa as MOSENDI would no longer tolerate such brute use of power against the Ijaw nation. Bayelsa people must be allowed to vote in who they want to rule them as further act of military intimidation would be met with adequate action of the youths,” he said.

The organisation also alleged the All Progressives Congress- led Federal Government was “desperately” attempting to impose the party’s governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva. Seriake Dickson of the People’s Democratic Party (PD) is the incumbent in the poll that has been declared inconclusive after voting could not take place in the highly volatile Southern Ijaw Local Council of the state.

SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY

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