By Akam James, Yenagoa
Former Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri may reject the outcome of the Bayelsa Governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Wednesday.
He already has the support of a group of Bayelsa elders to that effect, Morning Mail can authoritatively report.
The group considers the processes of the election as flawed and a mockery of the internal democracy.
The Elders, led by the former Security Adviser to Bayelsa Government and a Chieftain of the APC, Chief Richard Perekeme Kpodoh, said the conduct and the processes of the disputed primaries that led to the purported emergence of David Lyon, was characterized by deceit, fraud and disrespect to the six other aspirants and the entire members of the APC in the State.
Chief Kpodoh, who was reacting yesterday to the outcome of the result and after due consultations with some elders of APC, agreed that the processes were heavily filled with default whereby the party machinery was handed over to an aspirant and results hand-written in a hotel.
According to Kpodoh, the collation officer and his colleagues were lodged at a hotel owned by the Wife of the former President, Patience Jonathan and hand written papers were given to them to announce to the media as result.
‘While APC chieftains and delegates were still on their way to Yenagoa with authentic result of Governorship primaries, one Senator Emmanuel Dangana Ochoja, who claimed to have the mandate of the Yobe Governor, was stampeded into announcing a fraudulent score as result of the primaries.’
Kpodoh said he had earlier alerted the national leadership to the alleged clandestine plot to impose Lyon on the APC members in Bayelsa through fraudulent and violent means.
According to him, the alleged electoral fraud indicates a grand conspiracy to deny APC the opportunity to take over the state come November 16.
Our correspondent gathered that Lokpobiri has already rejected the result.