The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, December 9, has alleged that some politicians and groups planned to disrupt the existing peace witnessed in Bayelsa state.
This allegation was made by the director of publicity of Seriake Dickson Campaign Organisation, Jonathan Obuebite. He said that the All Progressives Congress members were preparing a violent protest in the state.
The Dickson’s campaign office and the PDP urged the people of the state and businessmen to beware of the protest as the alleged protesters had been given specific instructions to unleash mayhem on the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital, Vanguard reports.
The PDP counseled the people of the state to exercise utmost precaution to steer clear of the protesters and guard against any form of molestation adding that the aim of the protest was to breach the existing peace in the state.
It further stressed that the planners of the protest want the APC-led federal government to declare a state-of-emergency in the state that could make it impossible for the Independent National Electoral Commission to hold the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw.
INEC had on Monday, December 7, cancelled the elections in Southern Ijaw local government area and base on that declared the Saturday governorship election in the state inconclusive.
The party statement reads in part: “We are calling on Bayelsa people, particularly business and shop owners to beware of these protests, as we have it on good authority that the protesters have been instructed to unleash wanton violence and mayhem on the streets of Yenagoa.
“The plan is under the guise of asking INEC to make haste to declare their candidate as the winner of the Dec. 5 governorship election.
“As the protest is bound to get violent, Bayelsa people are advised to take utmost precaution to steer clear of the protesters and guard against any form of molestation.’’
The PDP called on security agencies to nib on the bud the planned protest and urged INEC to declare Dickson the winner of the gubernatorial election in the state having won six out of the seven local government areas, where elections had been held and results declared.
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