Gov Diri: Seeking a second tenure
Ahead of the November 11 governorship election in Bayelsa state, the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has alleged plots by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in collaboration with the state governor Senator Douye Diri, to cause a breach of the peace in Bassambiri-Nembe, a stronghold of the APC.
A statement signed on Thursday in Yenagoa by the APC State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, and made available to SummitNews, the party alleged that as part of the plans, lawless men of the armed forces, and other outlaws from neighbouring states, have been mobilized with state resources to plant arms in some houses in the community as an excuse for invasion, mayhem and killings.
According to the statement, “the goal of this scorched earth policy is to make it extraordinarily difficult for electoral officials to gain access to the place, harass and intimidate our members and supporters, and ultimately prevent the November 11, 2023 elections from holding in Bassambiri-Nembe, our stronghold.
“We consider this intelligence credible as the PDP is now desperate, knowing that the Bayelsa people are not with them. Their performance in office has been lamentably poor, hence they are not campaigning on any known record of achievement.
“Instead, the PDP is running from court to court, trying to stop the APC from being on the ballot. Not only are they threatening violence, they are actually visiting violence on our members in places like Opokuma, Odi and Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opukuma Local Government Council (Governor Diri’s local government) and Sangana in Brass Local Government Council.”
Nevertheless, Buokoribo said the APC is committed to a free, fair and credible election which can only be guaranteed in an atmosphere of peace.
Therefore, the party called on the armed and security forces to caution their men and officers to act within the limits of the law in order to forestall a breakdown of law and order before, during and after the November 11, governorship election in the state.