Dickson alleges Hijacking of voting materials as Jonathan expresses disappointment
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson who voted at Polling Unit 005, Ward 2, Toru-Orua community, Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of working with security agencies to hijack voting materials.
He said after voting that security agencies aided the APC to move voting materials meant for Nembe and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas to unknown destinations.
“There is a well-organised election crime ongoing in our state; they have established unofficial collation centres in some places.
“There whole intention is to subvert the will of the people and jeopardise the efforts of well-meaning Bayelsa people to develop the state,’’ he said.
He, however, commended the people of Toru-Orua for their turnout during the election, saying,m: “Your passion for positive change is commendable.’’
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, also expressed disappointment over the late arrival of election materials to his polling unit.
Jonathan, who was expected to cast his vote this morning, met only journalists on ground, when he arrived his polling unit about 8:30a.m.
“We must conduct ourselves if we want to real bring people to rule us either as president or governors.
“Nigerians are always blaming people in authorities and the leaders, so here they must blame themselves.
“Look at even this voting, I was around earlier, but the materials had yet to arrive in the polling unit.
“I have led election monitoring teams to other African countries, we use to go 30 minutes before the time and in our reports, we indicate the exact time when the vote starts.
“So, for election to start after that time it is an indictment to the electoral body that manages election, there is no reason here election should not start by 8:00 a.m.
“So, even the youth should stop blaming old people, you blame yourselves and do things properly.
“I am really disappointed on what I observe today compare to other African countries I monitor elections,” he