The All Progressives Congress APC in Bayelsa State has given reasons why it snubbed the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the governor, Seriake Dickson, to look into the violence and mayhem that marred parts of the state before, during and after the just concluded general elections.
The party, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, said for Dickson who is a key player and beneficiary of the general elections to set up a judicial commission of inquiry amounted to being a judge in his own case, hence it shunned the commission.
Following the presidential and National Assembly elections, Dickson established a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the violence that marred the exercise.
"Dickson is a major player and beneficiary of the general elections. Yet, he is inaugurating a Commission of Inquiry. This is clearly against the rules of natural justice.
"A man cannot be a judge in his own case. More than that, the general elections were federal elections governed by the Electoral Act. As a matter on the Exclusive Legislative list, the state government has no role to play.
"On these grounds, we reject Governor Dickson's Judicial Commission of Inquiry. Accordingly, the APC in Bayelsa State would like to advise its members not to have anything to do with the commission.
"The Electoral Act has already prescribed the relevant punishment for any offence that has to do with the elections. This strange judicial commission of Governor Dickson is a witch-hunt with our members as the target. Under Dickson, our members have always been victims of his needless aggression.
"Finally, we welcome the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria to increase the presence of the armed and security forces in a number of states, including Bayelsa.
"In particular, we welcome the new commissioner of police, Mr. Olushola David, posted as command CP to supervise the elections. We urge him to be neutral.
"On no account should Dickson's terror outfit, Operation Doo Akpo, be allowed to operate on Election Day. The outfit has no electoral function. Dickson had used the outfit in the past to compromise our elections. We now say enough is enough", the statement said.
Members of the PDP, including candidates for Bayelsa East Senatorial District and Nembe constituency 11, Chief Blessing Izagara and Princess Ingo Iwowari-Gold respectively, have appeared before the commission to testify to alleged APC's connivance with the military to unleash mayhem on Bayelsans.