Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress,APC, in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has accused the Nigerian Military of molesting voters in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the ongoing governorship election in the state.
Sylva made the allegation while speaking with journalists after casting his ballot at Polling Unit 4, Dukuraku Central Open Space, Okpoama, Ward 4, Brass Local Government.
He said the contest appeared to be between APC and the security agents, particularly the military who he alleged are taking side.
He said : “I am very confident that things will go for APC but we have some issues in units 3, 5 and 9 because the registers are not uploaded. We have escalated it to INEC and they accepted that it was a careless mistake on their part. I know why units in my ward were not uploaded .
“So far, in my unit things are going well but around the state there is a lot of violence. PDP is doing quite a bit there trying to molest our voters with security. In fact in some cases it is believed that we are running this election not against PDP but against security. But we are contending with the situation and in the end we will come out victorious.
“This morning I woke up with the story of one of my APC members being shot in Yenagoa, and by afternoon we heard another case of military personnel taking over some areas, in fact in Biseni community the military are there to snatch ballot boxes.
“It’s unfortunate, especially the Army, it’s playing on the side of the PDP. We expect at the end of the day, people will contain them and we will come out victorious.
“For INEC, there is a lot of improvement, this is a human system, we expect there will be lapses but I was very shocked how that register were not uploaded in my ward, but we believe there is still room for improvement.”