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Bayelsa Poll: APC won’t tolerate ballot snatching, rigging, Badaru warns


Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, on Friday warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC), would not tolerate any form of rigging and ballot box snatching in the forthcoming Bayelsa State gubernatorial election, scheduled for November 16th.

Badaru, who is the Chairman of the APC gubernatorial campaign in Bayelsa, stated this when he spoke with State House correspondents, after the jumaat prayer at the Villa.

The governor expressed optimism that APC is well-positioned to win the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

He said: “We will not tolerate any form of rigging or ballot box snatching, and if it is done that way, APC will win with a landslide.

“I urge the electorates in Bayelsa to remain peaceful, and do ‘one man-one-vote, one -woman-one-vote’, and we know we will win.

”You have seen our rally, you have seen PDP rally, you have seen and heard of many big wigs going out of PDP and joining us. That is a clear indication that they are with us and that success is with us.

“We are very ready and the stake is open for us to take.”

Also speaking on the forthcoming Kogi state governorship election, Badaru denied knowledge of the allegations by the opposition party PDP, that the APC was recruiting 1,000 thugs to distort the election in Kogi State.

He said: “I am chairing Bayelsa election, I am not chairing that of Kogi. But I know, none of our member would go against the law. The governor in Kogi is responsible for the security of the state and he has done well in terms of security, how can anyone accuse him of employing thugs?”

In terms of security, the Jigawa state governor said:”I think that is a federal government issue. The federal government promised to provide security and I believe this question should be directed to the security agencies, mine as a party man, I supervise the election as the governor appointed to look after the election.”

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