The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the opposition All Progressives Congress APC in Bayelsa State are trading blames over the violent crisis going on in Brass and Nembe local government areas of the state, ahead of the 2019 general polls.
As usual, both parties are pointing accusing fingers at each other, giving counter reasons why the other party should be blamed for the impasse in the area.
Candidate of the PDP for the Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency, Mrs Marie Ebikake had raised the alarm over what she described as the systematic harassment and intimidation of her party faithful.
Ebikake, in a short interview with our correspondent in Yenagoa said the clamp down on PDP sympathizers in Brass constituency 1, ward 1 and 2 as well as destruction of properties on a daily basis was pathetic.
She added that thugs allegedly sponsored by the opposition APC flag bearer in the area were responsible for the attacks.
She further explained that her 39 years experience in the game of politics had given her an edge over her opponent, noting that the opposition had nothing to offer rather than violence.
"The IG should be aware of the criminals in Town Brass constituency one, ward 1 and 2
"The traditional rulers should call the people together, even their candidate that is causing crisis and let's have a round table discussion on how to put an end to the violence, because if the people are all killed, who are we going to represent? Violent approach to elections are not the best", she added.
The APC, on its part, has described as "false" the claims by the PDP that the incessant clashes and political unrest in Brass local government area were sponsored by the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva.
The APC also dismissed as untrue, the allegation that its candidate for the Brass/Nembe federal constituency, Isreal Sunny-Goli was fomenting trouble in the area, saying the false claims were signs of desperation by the ruling PDP.
According to the state chairman of the APC, Mr. Jothan Amos, the assertion that the duo of Chief Timipre Sylva and Israel Sunny-Goli, were sponsors of the crisis in Town Brass was baseless.
Amos, in a statement issued in Yenagoa said "while I condemn in totality, the wanton unrest in Twon-Brass, I must not shy away from stating the facts as they are, and that is to say; the raging inferno in Twon-Brass was ignited and is being fuelled by the PDP.
"It is a deliberate strategy put in place by Henry Seriake Dickson, which his stooge, Victor Isaiah, the caretaker chairman of Brass Council is masterfully executing in their desperate bid at ensuring that the APC in Brass is conquered.
"My primary aim here is to expose the grand deceit of the PDP hierarchy in the state, and lay bare the facts as they are, which is open to independent investigations for anyone desirous of unearthing the root cause of the orgy of violence in Twon-Brass.
"Brass Local Government council, by the way, is an APC stronghold in Bayelsa State, and Gov. Dickson has vowed to end the APC dominance in Brass by all means possible even if it means killing members of the APC in Brass council.
"I am appealing to all APC faithful in Brass and the state in general not to take the laws into their hands, by embarking on retaliatory attacks. Let us continue to remain law-abiding for justice shall surely prevail at the end.
"I am also using this medium to make a passionate appeal to the state commissioner of police, to please ensure that my party members are no longer easily preyed upon by the goons of the PDP. Above all, let the safety of all be guaranteed by the appropriate security agencies", he added