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INEC stakeholders’ Meeting Ends In Chaos in Bayelsa As APC, PDP Clash


A stakeholders’ meeting organised by the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bayelsa State on Wednesday ended abruptly following the outbursts from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of for the November 16 governorship poll.

The meeting was initiated by the National Chairman of INEC, Prof, Yakubu Mahmood, with heads of security agencies in attendance.

Trouble started when the Chairman of the PDP Bayelsa Elders Forum, Dr. Francis Duokpola, alleged that some persons were chased out of their community and made to live in Yenagoa as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) after the last general elections in the state.

He said: “We are busy talking about 2015 elections and we forgot that we had an election in 2019. The presidential and national assembly elections in the state was one of the worst elections organised by INEC.

“Because of that elections part of a community is living in Internally Displaced Camp( IDP) because they do not belong to a particular Party which INEC has not done anything about it. I am talking of the people of Nembe Bassambiri”

But an APC stalwart, Dr. Dennis Otiotio, immediately interjected, shouted Duokpola down and called him a liar.

Other APC leaders in the hall joined Otiotio to refer to Duokpola as a liar alleging that he belonged to partisan elders destroying the state.

Before long INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu and Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Abdulmajeed Ali, were seen taking their leave.

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