Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of attacking, intimidating and killing of its members in the state.
The accusation came just as a bloody clash between suspected thugs loyal to the APC and the PDP claimed the lives of three persons on Monday in Brass Local Government Area of the state.
One of the persons killed was identified as the spokesman for the umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide in the area.
The APC has, therefore, sent a protest letter to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, over the Monday incident, claiming that two of its members were killed in the violent attack.
The Twon Brass area of the Brass Constituency 1 is the only area with an APC State House of Assembly member, Mr Israel Sunny-Goli.
The party accused the PDP-led administration in the state of working in consonance with some individuals, hired mercenaries and security agencies to kill and unleash mayhem, threats, intimidation, unlawful arrests and detention of opposition members across the state.
The member, representing Brass Constituency 1 in the Assembly, Israel Sunny-Goli, alleged that the violence was initiated by the PDP through the acting Chairman, Victor Isaiah, to intimidate, kill and chase out opposition members from Brass.
The APC, through its spokesman, Mr Doifie Buokoribo, asked the government of the state to concentrate on developing the state and paying salaries of workers in Bayelsa rather than “playing God politically with our resources that no amount of killings and intimidation can suppress us.”
Buokoribo reiterated that what happened on August 20, 2018, in Twon-Brass was a show of shame and fear for 2019.
He alleged that two APC members – Kelly Ikurusi and Peter George – were killed by the PDP members in conjunction with his mercenaries.
He also said the mercenaries unleashed terror on the community, leaving three persons, Oputongha Pogo, Moses Blacky and Toinpre Sorboi, in critical life-threatening conditions.
Buokoribo, therefore, called on “the Federal Government and all meaningful security agencies to advice the PDP-led administration not to play politics with human lives but rather canvass voters with its goodwill than hoodwink with force.”
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