The Peoples Democratic Party has accuseded the All Progressives Congress of sponsoring a brutal attack on the campaign convoy of its candidate and Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson.
The attack reportedly happened at the famous Swali Market in downtown Yenagoa, the state capital.
Security forces attached to the governor were said to have immediately swung into action in order to calm the situation and apprehend some of the perpetrators of the attack.
Speaking on the development, the Director of Publicity, Restoration Campaign Organisation, a PDP-affiliated political action committee, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, said the attack has further established the perception the people of Bayelsa have towards the APC as a political party.
“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 to Bayelsa, they will not succeed.”
Obuebite added that, “We advise all our supporters not to allow themselves to be provoked by the APC and its brand of violent politics. We must preach peace at all times and maintain law and order because we are people of peace.”
But the APC in a swift reaction described the alleged attack as false.
According to a statement signed by the media coordinator of Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation, Chief Nathan Egba, the APC said that on the contrary, it was PDP thugs that attacked the APC members and burnt one of the trucks they hired to transport refuse to the dump site at Tombia area of the state.
He accused the PDP sympathisers of carrying out an attack against Mr. Sylvia, noting that “It has come to the attention of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State that incumbent Governor, Seriake Dickson, directed his supporters to attack APC women and youths who were on a rescue mission to evacuate refuse at different dump sites in Yenagoa.
“The reports emanating from Obuebite that APC members attacked the convoy of the Governor at Swali market were false and childish, constituting a diversionary tactics.
“Everybody in Yenagoa knows that APC women came out since 7am today (Tuesday) clearing the rubbish dumps the Dickson administration had ignored over time.”