In Bayelsa PDP hints on alleged plans to disrupt peace in the state

Chief Jonathan Obuebite, Director of Publicity of Gov. Seriake Dickson Campaign Organisation, alleged that All Progressives Congress (APC) members were preparing for a violent protest in the state.

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa on Wednesday raised the alarm, alleging that some politicians and groups planned to breach the existing peace in the state.

Chief Jonathan Obuebite, Director of Publicity of Gov. Seriake Dickson Campaign Organisation, alleged that All Progressives Congress (APC) members were preparing for a violent protest in the state.

In a statement, the organisation in collaboration with PDP, called on Bayelsa people, particularly small business entrepreneurs to beware of the protest as the protesters had specific instructions to unleash violence on the streets of Yenagoa.

It urged the people to take utmost precaution to steer clear of the protesters and guard against any form of molestation, pointing out that the aim of the protest was to create violence and disrupt the peace.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Monday cancelled the elections in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and declared the Saturday governorship election in the state inconclusive.

It said that the protests were to compel the APC-led Federal Government to declare a state-of- emergency in the state to make it impossible for INEC to hold the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw.

According to PDP, the protests will create a stalemate until such a time that Gov. Seriake Dickson’s term would expire.

“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 statement said.

It, however, urged security agencies to swing into action to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

It also charged INEC to make haste to declare Dickson the winner of the governorship election, having won in six out of the seven local government areas, where elections had been held and the results declared.

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