The Bayelsa Restoration Campaign Organisation has denied any complicity in the alleged attack on members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oweigbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state which the party said led to death.
In a statement by the Director of Publicity of the organization, Jonathan Obuebite, the PDP said it was unimaginable that its members would be accused of violence much more a murder incident as claimed by the APC which it claimed was a case of“wicked act”.
Obuebite said in the statement that PDP in Bayelsa State is a peace loving party with genuine members and supporters who have over time demonstrated this character and as such it is preposterous for the APC to have claimed that its members attacked or killed any individual.
“It is not in our character to be violent in all our activities. We are known for peace and decency in our campaign of issues and unrelenting crusade for a peaceful, free, fair and credible election”, he stated.
“It is clear by this wicked accusation that Sylva is trying to robe Governor Seriake Dickson in the same garment of a blood thirsty killer that he is known for. As governor for five years, he engaged in state sponsored terrorism directed at innocentBayelsans and mostly at political opponents. Many Bayelsansfled into exile in neighbouring states and far-flung places.
“That the leopard cannot change its spot was amply demonstrated by his distasteful behavior and that of his allies in what passed for his party’s primary to elect its governorship candidate but left a bitter pill in the mouth of everybody as a national embarrassment. Through violence, intimidation and blackmail, Sylva held the party’s officials for the conduct of the primaries to ransom until they finally succumbed. Among those who got the Sylva’s notorious brigandage was Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole”, he stated.
Obuebite said it was the stock in trade of APC to rush to the media to allege that PDP attacked its members which he said the reverse was the case, stating APC has actually been perpetrating violence against members of the PDP and the incidents were reported to the state commissioner of police.
“As I speak with you, the matter is before the police. There are witnesses on ground in Ekeremor who can confirm that APC thugs were the ones who went about destroying all PDP flags and attacking houses belonging to PDP stalwarts. These are the same hired thugs who attend all APC campaigns purporting to be APC members and you see them at every location which is obvious that they are not APC members but assigned some special roles.
“The PDP in Bayelsa is a peaceful party. Our supporters are genuine who are in their respective local governments as we meet them to sell our restoration messages for continuity. They are not the hired crowd one can easily notice in the APC mostly young men, thugs and miscreants.”