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Thugs disrupt accreditation in Bayelsa

Posted: Apr 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa
The uneasy calm that pervaded most parts of Bayelsa at the onset of the State House of Assembly election has been broken by thugs who stormed various Polling Units in the Ogbia, preventing staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting accreditation of potential voters.
The violence, our correspondent gathered, started at Unit 11, Ward 6 in Oruma community, Ogbia Constituency 3 by 9 a.m., when some thugs disrupted the accreditation exercise.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women leader, Faith Opene,  from Oruma, who confirmed the incidenct, alleged that the thugs were led by a former Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa Government House, Yenagoa, who is also an indigene of the community.
She also alleged that the APC thugs dismantled the eight polling units in Oruma, adding that Ogbuku left a PDP agent bleeding on the head.
But APC agent, Adaga Martins, explained that the exercise was disrupted because the electoral officers  could not display ballot papers and results when asked to do so by party agents.
Already, tension  has been mounting in the area as supporters of APC and PDP spoil for war.
Some of the youths believed to be APC supporters have been chanting “No (electoral) materials, no election” and “No election here”.
At Unit 4, Otuasega, also in Ward 6,  APC candidate for Ogbia 3, Morris Abey, alleged that the Ogbia Local Council Chairman,  Enaye Abah, recruited youths of the community as “Ogbia Ward 6 Government Security”.
Some of the youth were seen wearing the tag bearing the inscription “Ogbia Ward 6 Government Security”.
Although detachments of security operatives are deployed in the area were seen in and around the communities, no arrests have been made.
But the Ogbia Local Council Chairman, Enaye Abah, denied the allegations, saying he did not print security tags for any youth.
Efforts to get the reaction of Ogbuku proved abortive.