In what is believed to have been inspired by the forthcoming governorship elections in the state, a bloody fight was on Tuesday averted in Bayelsa State as suspected political thugs attacked the campaign convoy of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The incident happened at the popular Swali market in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
Bayelsa state governorship election has been scheduled for December 5.
The incident would have degenerated into a bloody brawl but for the prompt intervention of security aides attached to the governor’s convoy.
Describing the attack as barbaric and undemocratic, the Director of Publicity, Restoration Campaign Organization, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the attack.
The statement reads: “Clearly, the APC in Bayelsa state is not prepared for any election. They are prepared for war but as a disciplined party, as a peaceful party and with a Governor like Dickson who came to restore peace in Bayelsa state.
“We advise all our supporters not to allow themselves to be provoked by the APC and its brand of violence politics. We must preach peace at all times and maintain law and order because we are people of peace.”
The organisation advised Bayelsans and other residents of the state to be wary of the antics of the APC members “who are desperate to grab power through the back door by advancing various dubious means.”
Obuebite was reacting to the flash sanitation exercise carried out by the APC which, it said, “has now confirmed to everyone the earlier assertion that it is indeed the so-called change party that is responsible for the heap of refuse around the state, particularly in Yenagoa the state capital.”
He described as embarrassing such cruel campaign strategy of the APC, adding that “they decided to carry out the show of shame on a day that is usually set aside by the state sanitation authority for evacuation.”
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