12 royal fathers in the Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa Sate have sued the Independent National Electoral Commission to Court in relation to the recently concluded polls in the State. Also the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice was sued too.
They claim that they were excluded from the voting, a violation of their rights. The plaintiff asked the court to declare: "That he, as a duly registered voter in ward 12, polling unit 11 (Alegbebiri, Tamakunu Primary school) in Eniwari community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state has a right to vote in the State gubernatorial elections, initially slated for December 5 and later rescheduled for December 6".
The plaintiff also prayed the court for an order directing the INEC to ensure that voting materials are made available at the applicant's polling unit.
"A declaration that the 1st respondent has a duty to make electoral materials available in the applicant's polling unit 11 for the yet to be rescheduled Bayelsa governorship election. A declaration that the 2nd respondent has a duty to ensure that the applicant exercises his right to vote in an environment that is devoid of violence and insecurity."
By Chika Jones