The All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a strong condemnation in response to alleged attempts by Governor Duoye Diri and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to influence the relocation of the collation of results for Brass Local Government Area in the Bayelsa governorship poll.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Felix Morka, the APC said Brass, a crucial stronghold for the APC, witnessed a substantial voter turnout in favour of their candidate, Timipre Sylva.
The party alleged that the move to move the collation centre is a strategic effort to manipulate the electoral outcome 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,” the party said in a statement.