Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:30 am
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The PDP Youth Vanguard, an arm of the Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party, has called on security agencies in the state to redouble their efforts at combating crime and violent activities, particularly those contrived for political ends.
The body yesterday raised alarm that such actions was a threat to the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections in the state even as it accused the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the brain behind the recent kidnapping of the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Governor, Chief Fyneman Wilson.
In a statement in Yenagoa, the state capital, the Publicity Secretary of the youth organization, Comrade James Ere, said Wilson’s kidnap was politically motivated and asked the security organs to step in and arrest the situation immediately.
“The APC leadership in Bayelsa State should be held responsible. They are a party of killers and kidnappers”, he claimed.
Warning that the consequence of inaction was dangerous, Ere said the state could become a theatre of war, insisting that the leaders of the opposition in Bayelsa State were known for violence and they should be properly monitored to avert breakdown of law and order.
‘As a group we condemn the resort to violence and sponsored kidnapping by the APC. As many are aware, some of the so-called leaders in the APC who are today parading themselves as governorship aspirants have a record of political violence and a penchant for blood-letting. That’s their stock in trade and a situation where you now have all of them congregating in one political party, you can only imagine what will become of Bayelsa in this season. If care is not taken, they will make this state a theatre of war. They are even boasting that since they have the Federal Government, President Buhari will grant them the use of federal might to win the December 5 governorship election”, he stated.
Ere said the recourse to violence was the only means the opposition could be relevant in the state and as such bent on doing harm to peace and stability as a way of intimidation.
He, however, said such strategy will fail during the election, stating that the people of the state were all united to vote the PDP for continuity.
The APC is yet to respond to the accusations that it is masterminding kidnapping in the state.