Douye Diri, governor of Bayelsa and gubernatorial candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), says Timipre Sylva, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), causes violence during elections.
The off-cycle governorship elections are currently holding in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.
Speaking to the media after voting in his LG, Diri said he was satisfied with the conduct of the election at his polling unit.
“INEC has improved from the last election, voting was fast, smooth and seamless,” he said.
The governor said his party was concerned that its agents and observers have been stopped from accessing Nembe LGA.
He said PDP has written an official letter to the chairman of INEC on the matter.
“They have to take drastic measures to allow our people to go in there to monitor the voting process. What we call for is a free and fair electoral process,” he said.
“Let accreditation of voters in Nembe be done by the BVAS as I have done here today.”
Speaking further, Diri accused Sylva of winning elections through violence, adding that the people of Bayelsa do not deserve a violent governor.
“Timipre Sylva has been a violent person in every election. If you recall, the leader of the Ijaw nation, elder Edwin Clark, wrote a letter to him on why he has refused to drop his forceful and violent way of winning elections,” Diri said.
“However, God is on the throne and we’re standing against him in his violent way of winning elections.
“Recall that his deputy in Brass LG threatened our party members that if any is sighted, they should be thrown into the Atlantic Ocean and that they’re not the first people to die; and you’ll agree with me that pair is a violent pair and that’s not what the people of Bayelsa deserve.”