A bloody fight was on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 averted in Bayelsa State as suspected political thugs in the All Progressives Congress, (APC) attacked the campaign convoy of Governor Seriake Dickson.
Bayelsa State governorship election has been scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.
The incident happened at the popular Swali market in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
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, said the attack lends credence to what the people of Bayelsa have always known that the APC is a violent party.
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 RCO also described as deceitful the campaign strategy adopted by the APC, advising the party to look for other sane and more dignifying means of campaign.
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.”
The RCO advised the APC and its embattled candidate, Timipre Sylva to look for other sane and more dignifying means of campaign as this latest style would not secure for him the votes required to be elected.
Obuebite added that Governor Dickson is fully committed to governance and ensuring a cleaner and healthy environment for all.