There are indications that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s men may have bungled the Bayelsa state governorship election, with alleged plans to do same in the Rivers state re-run.
A source disclosed that the plan was hatched by ex-militant leaders who have been beneficiaries of the former president to teach the All Progressives Congress (APC) a lesson, Vanguard reports.
The source said a very influential ex- militant who was very powerful during Jonathan’s administration and now being hunted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was involved.
According to the source, a more violent scenario might play out in Rivers state if Governor Nyesom Wike loses his appeal and a fresh election ordered to hold.
The implication would be a looming fresh Niger Delta struggle that might deplete the nation’s economy, the source said.
The source stated that the propaganda being peddled has been that APC was anti-Ijaw which was the reason the federal government was going after Ijaws who served under the administration of Jonathan.
The source however, said the real truth is the loss of influence and the issue of the frozen accounts and the investigation of allies of the leader of ex- militants.
Meanwhile, report has it that the APC may have literally caged the elected officials on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A source said many elected on the platform of the PDP wh0o would have been very vocal in opposing the ruling APC have kept mum, in fear of being witch-hunted, except some like Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, who has no fear in voicing his opinion.
The source said with the way and manner the Court of Appeal was going with election cases, it was better for them to remain silent and continue with the job of lawmaking.
A senator who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “The rulings in the Courts to frustrate elected PDP law makers were alarming, look at former Senate President David Mark whose case was not with the figures, but dates, look at Anambra Central, look at Abia North, look at the Taraba ruling and the removal of Senator George Sekibo, we are worried and the ruling party wants to cage us, we are afraid to talk, it may be the turn of another person. It is better to keep quiet in this case. Look at Rivers, look at Kogi, Bayelsa, we are afraid.”
The Bayelsa gubernatorial election which held last the weekend ended in stalement as , INEC nullified the election in the Southern Ijaw area due to violence, the abduction of electoral officials and ballot box snatching during the election.
However, governor Seriake Dickson, of Bayelsa State has set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the violence and a breach of peace that occurred before and after the governorship election between December 3 and 6 in the state.
Source : Gist Arena