Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Dickson’s Campaign Train Attacked In Yenagoa

The campaign train of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state has been attacked by suspected thugs dressed in All Progressives Congress (APC) t-shirts.

This Day reports that the incident that happened on Tuesday, November 3, at Swali Market in Yenagoa, could have degenerated into a brawl, but for the intervention of security aides attached to the governor’s convoy.

Speaking about the incident, Jonathan Obuebite, the director of publicity for the campaign organisation, described the attack as barbaric and undemocratic. According to him, the incident confirmed that the APC is a violent party.

“The APC in Bayelsa state is not prepared for election. It is prepared for war, but as a disciplined party, as a peaceful party and with a governor like Dickson, who came to restore peace, we advise our supporters not to allow themselves to be provoked by the APC and its violence. We must preach peace and maintain law and order because we are a peaceful people,” the statement read.

Commenting on the campaign strategy adopted by the APC, Obuebite described it as embarrassing and deceitful.

“They decided to carry out the show of shame on a day that is usually set aside by the state sanitation authority for evacuation,” he added.

The director of publicity advised the party and its candidate, Timipre Sylva, to use more dignifying means of campaigning.

The campaign organisation also called on people of the state and other residents to beware of the antics of the APC members “who are desperate to grab power through the backdoor by using dubious means.”

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of Egalitarian Society has raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the APC and Sylva, to destabilize Bayelsa state in order to avoid defeat in the upcoming governorship election.