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‘Polls shift frustrating smaller parties’

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By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA—THE Labour Party candidate for Bayelsa East senatorial district, Bayelsa State, Mr. Iniruo Wills, yesterday said the postponement of elections had severe effects on less-dominant parties and their candidates.

In a statement in Yenagoa, he noted that the shift in polls date was capable of crippling credible candidates, such as him, seeking alternative platforms to serve the people.

Wills, a former Commissioner for Information and Environment, said it was frustrating to raise additional funds for smaller parties and candidates for the rescheduled polls, adding that the shift was capable of sabotaging candidates that cannot afford additional funds for welfare of their agents on election day.

INEC boss, Prof Mahmood Yakubu

His words: “To subject millions of voters, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ad hoc staff, who had travelled long distances to their polling units, and candidates who had already mobilised their supporters to a last minute somersault is a huge disappointment.

“The shift smacks of a poorly-disguised attempt to weaken credible candidates and alternative platforms, thereby paving the way for retention in power of the same ruling or traditional political parties who have failed our people.

“These politicians have become unpopular, but have unlimited illegal and criminal access to public funds through the state and federal governments that they control.

“We are concerned about the knock-on effect the postponement could have on voters’ attitude and the duplication of costs for credible candidates and parties.

“We, therefore, appeal to Nigerians to respond to the shock with a resolve to turn out en masse on the rescheduled date to vote for the most trusted and credible candidates, regardless of political party affiliation.”

He appealed to his supporters in Bayelsa East, comprising Ogbia, Nembe and Brass Local Govern-ment areas of the state, to remain unshaken in their resolve to reclaim their destinies and vote a credible candidate like him.

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