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Bayelsa Election Gunmen murder APC's Deputy Ward Chairman

They killed Dickson while shooting their way out of the community.

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson play

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson

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Unknown gunmen on Wednesday, Dec. 2, killed the Odi Ward 1 deputy Ward Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Diseye Dickson, ahead of the Saturday's governorship election in the state.

The killers, who were dressed in military uniform, invaded the Odi, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa around 11:00pm and shot him dead after their target had escaped, The Nation reports.

Report said they had planned to abduct Chief Watson Ogoriba, the elder brother to a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Warman Ogoriba, but their target managed to escape and contacted the police.

They killed Dickson while shooting their way out of the community.

READ: Timipre Sylva's cousin kidnapped

The APC in state has however pointed accusing fingers at the People's Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party was behind the attack.

“It was the case of failed kidnap attempt and it could also be political. Everybody knows that Warman is the leader of the APC and his opponents may have decided to abduct or even assassinate his brother so as to weaken him”, a source in the community told The Nation.

READ: Buhari rubbishes 16 years of PDP govt in Bayelsa

Incumbent Governor, Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva of the APC are the major contenders in the Dec. 5 governorship poll.

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