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Monarch hijacks electoral materials, abducts INEC staff in Bayelsa, PDP alleges

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that a monarch in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, hijacked electoral materials during Saturday’s elections.

The party added the monarch also abducted officials of the INEC whom he allegedly took to his residence for thumb printing of the materials and concoction of forged results.

The party’s Secretary in Bayelsa State, Chief Godspower Keku said, in a statement that the monarch acted in support of a candidate of the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Keku listed the units affected as 12, 13, 14 and 15 of Ologoghe , ward 04 , Ogbia Constituency 2.

He condemned activities of the traditional ruler, saying he had ridiculed the traditional institution because of his selfish interest.

Keku urged INEC to redeem its image bycanceling the fake results manufactured by the monarch.

According to him: “The PDP wishes to draw the attention of INEC and the public to the snatching of the electoral materials meant for units 12, 13, 14 and 15 of Ologoghe , ward 04 , Ogbia Constituency 2 by a Paramount ruler.

“The INEC officials were abducted, ballot papers hijacked by the monarch to his house for thumb printing and production of illegal results.

“We call for total  cancelation of results of unit 12, 13, 14 and 15 from Ologoghe , ward 04 , Ogbia constituency 2, Bayelsa State as election did not take place in these units.

“INEC as the electoral umpire would do well to reject the fake results and cancel the election to redeem its image,” he said.