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2019: Bayelsa PDP, APC Draw Battle Line

  • Written by  John Odhe, Yenagoa
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2019: Bayelsa PDP, APC Draw Battle Line

Politicians are not leaving anything to chance as the 2019 general elections are drawing closer. Any slightest opportunity is utilized by politicians to arm twist each other.

This scenario played out in Yenagoa, during a meeting organized by the state commissioner of police, Mr. Aminu Saleh to meet with chairmen and candidates of the various political parties, ahead of the elections.

It was a drama of sorts when the two major political parties publicly threw banters at each other on the issue of possible violence that may mar the elections in the state.

Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency, Mr. Kombowei Benson fired the first salvo at the opposition.

He alleged that the All Progressives Congress APC was ready to make the elections bloody in the state, particularly in southern Ijaw local government area.

He went further to say, "we are here to discuss the possibility of conducting a peaceful and credible election. But to achieve that, we must always reflect on yesterday.

"If only we can take cognizance of what happened yesterday and what may likely happen tomorrow, then we can make headway.

"I say so because as a member of a political party called PDP, during the past governorship election, we suffered in the hands of our political opponent.

"This is because the security agencies colluded, embarrassed and intimidated our people and in some cases our people were killed, not by the police, but by the opponent's party.

"In Apoi precisely, a member of the PDP was killed. Again, in Egeibiri, a member of the PDP was killed, but no action was taken.

"The only thing that will make me leave politics as I am thinking and meditating is the new trend of the use of guns.

"The issue that we have right now, I don't want to pretend about it. We have been made to know by the opposition that the creeks of Southern Ijaw will be bloody, the creeks of Southern Ijaw will not be passable. That is what the APC is plotting.

"When you see people being maimed and killed and nothing is said about it, what do you expect the next man to do? The threats are becoming too much that I am almost designed to carrying gun. Why should it be so?

 "What I am submitting here is that for us to have a peaceful and credible election, we must start going to the communities to campaign".

But in a swift reaction, a candidate of the APC for Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Capt. Matthew Karimo gave it back to the PDP, stating that the ruling party should rather be blamed for any form of violence during the upcoming elections.

Karimo released a bombshell when he described the governor, Seriake Dickson as the author of political violence in the state.

According to the APC candidate, the governor would orchestrate violence and be the one to cry wolve.

"Do you know the pattern of the PDP? They will be the ones to shout wolves, but they know where they hide the wolves.

"Quote me, Seriake Dickson is the most violent man in Bayelsa State. He is the chief security officer of the state but during elections, all violence in Bayelsa is propounded and orchestrated by Governor Dickson.

"During the last governorship election, a young man called Dibia in his own community was beaten to stupor, he was almost lynched.

"There is a man in Kabiama community called Abacha, they used a car and drove on top of this man. All the names were submitted to the police but the police didn't do anything.

"Dickson is the most violent man. He is the only man in the whole world that will go to a court room and beat everybody and scatter the court.

"The objective of this meeting is to see how we can have a violent free election. All the candidates of other political parties are here but the candidates PDP are not here.

"Dickson cannot play the role of an empire and at the same time, the referee and at the same time, the governor. This time it will not work. The rules of engagement must change.

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