By Cletus Opukeme, Daily Editor
All delegates forum Chairman Chief Monday Keme in the last week Saturday Ijaw National Congress (INC) presidential election has said that its organization would declare the names of winners public because they knew the winners since voting/counting ended peacefully before the snatching of ballot materials by hoodlums.
Speaking with the chairman of the delegates forum (DF) Chief Monday Keme, said ‘‘ After a meeting in Warri by all the delegates participated at the last Saturday Ijaw National Congress (INC) election which was marred due to snatching of ballot materials after peaceful/ successful voting and counting. We have resolved to declare the names of the winners which were to be announced by the ELECO chair at the Ijaw ware.
‘‘ As the Chairman of the All Delegates Forum , I was the first person to cast my vote in Ijaw ware in Yenagoa. The process was peacefully completed and counting of votes commenced with announcement of names of candidates, which some were returned unopposed. We have known the winners before the disruption of the process by hoodlums. We identified some of them as members of the Bayelsa state Volunteers. How did they got access into the venue which security was mounted tightly led by the Bayelsa state commissioner of police?.
‘‘Suddenly, the generator set supplying electricity was put off by the miscreants and ballot boxes were snatched. Funny enough, the ELECO also finished counting of votes was before the disruption by the thugs. We witnessed the process peaceful and successful. It was the outcome of the counting which does not go to the direction of some highly placed persons that led to the disruption of the electoral process. That is why we have resolved that whether ballot boxes were snatched or not, we have known names of various winners and their position. So, we are giving this notice that if the ELECO fails to announce the names of the real winners, we the delegates will do so soon’’ he said.
He described the ELECO chair as being inexperienced which led to such shoddy situations ‘‘ How could hoodlums carrying no arms snatched ballot boxes before the watchful eyes of armed security personnels. There was complacency on the part of the police. The ELECO left security in the hands of Bayelsa state government without alternative security arrangement which is an interested party. The same members of the Bayelsa state vigilantes snatched ballot boxes after shot down the electricity at the venue before the eyes of Bayelsa commissioner of police. The inexperience on the part of the ELECO chair also compounded issues’’ he said