The victory of Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the November 11, election in Bayelsa State, has been kicked against by the Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Udengs Eradiri, noting that he and his team were studying the results and brainstorming on the next line of action.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, and its Governorship Candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, had on Monday, also rejected the result.
Eradiri, in a press conference held at his campaign secretariat in Yenagoa, the state capital, yesterday, said the election was held against the cardinal principles, laid-down procedures and ground rules that democratic elections to offices especially that of the governor of a state must be free, fair, credible and peaceful.
The LP candidate who was flanked by his running mate, Commodore Benjamin Nathus, retd, and other campaign council and party officials, called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to probe all electoral officers, who participated in the election, regretting that the November 11 Bayelsa election was the most monetized poll in the history of the country.
He said: “The election on Saturday, November 11, was marred by massive and mind-blowing vote-buying. We were shocked that the state government converted all the polling units to market squares and business centres where votes were auctioned, haggled over, bargained for and purchased.
“The government of Douye Diri deliberately weaponised poverty and forced the people to sell their consciences for money at the poll.
“I consider vote-buying a crime against humanity. I cannot engage in vote-buying because it is a demonstration of lack of performance, unpopularity, incompetence, leadership failure and cluelessness on the part of the buyer. How can you bribe people to serve them?
“I am surprised that this government resorted to vote-buying because I have always emphasized on his incompetence. I am only shocked at the level it took the malfeasance to. The state government has added another record to its bag of incompetent achievements making the November 11 Bayelsa election the most monetized poll in the history of the country.”
According to Eradiri, he contested the election to prove a point that the leadership incompetence in the state can be challenged, adding that he has no regrets but happy that he ran for the election as it afforded him the opportunity to go round all the creeks, hamlets, communities to see the suffering of the people and the endemic poverty ravaging them.