The governorship campaign organisations of the All Progressive Congress(APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have again engaged in exchange of words over the alleged attempt by some youths loyal to the opposition party to assassinate the Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Youth Matters, Mr. Bobolayefa Owoupele.
While the Senator Douye Diri Campaign Organization through its director, media and publicity committee, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, condemned in strong terms the assassination attempt on the Special Adviser to Governor by thugs of the All Progressives Congress in Yenagoa on Thursday.
The governorship campaign organisation of the APC through its secretary, media and publicity, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, denied the accusation, describing it as reckless, irresponsible and provocative.
According to the APC: ‘”It is unthinkable that any true APC will wear APC-branded T-Shirt and cap to embark on such a nefarious act.’
The PDP campaign organization, in statement said the armed APC thugs launched a ferocious attack on Owoupele at a car park in Opolo, around 8am in Yenagoa.
The campaign organization said that the thugs who, obviously, did not want to attract the attention of people to their nefarious plot inflicted deep bottle injuries on the head, neck and arm of the governor’s influential aide while threatening him with a gun.
The Organisation expressed deep worry over the penchant of the APC leadership and their supporters in Bayelsa for violence and blood letting .
The organization said that the governor’s aide is lying critically ill at the hospital in Yenagoa.
It called on the Nigeria Police, the Directorate State Service and other security agencies to investigate those behind the dastardly act with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.
It stressed that the only way to ensure sanity in the political campaign and contest in Bayelsa was a firm resolve on the part of the security agencies to prevent unnecessary violence and criminality in the state.
The organisation said that those who witnessed the attack could attest to the fact that the thugs who attacked the Adviser on Youth Matters were putting on face caps and tea shirts of the APC.
It was further stated that the APC assassins asked the injure aide if he was the particular aide o Governor Dickson on Youth Affairs engrossed in mobilization against them.
The Diri Campaign Organization observed that the quest for political control should not be abused to be a license to violate the laws of the land.
“The Senator Douye Diri Campaign Organization has received with shock the unprovoked attack and attempted assassination on our member and Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Youth Affairs, Hon, Bobolayefa Owoupele by Armed thugs working for the APC.
The armed thugs numbering five who were wearing branded T-shirts of the APC, and the party’s face cap, laid ambush for Owoupele at a car wash at Opolo, Yenagoa, where he was attacked around 8am on Thursday.
“We wish to condemn in the strongest possible terms, the primitive penchant of the APC in Bayelsa State for needless aggression and violence as their strongest point in the ongoing political contest in the state.
“A political party with a genuine desire for the development of the society would place the requisite emphasis on the sanctity of human life rather than the execution of a barbaric plot to spread paranoia in the society a month to the gubernatorial election.
“It is indeed worrisome that the APC in Bayelsa has once again confirmed our repeated warning to the watching Nigerian society and the international community that they are a nest of angry politicians stockpiling arms for thugs to slaughter the innocent in their desperation for political control.
“It is becoming clearer as we move closer to the date of the election that the APC has failed to see the bold line between self delusion and the reality of the crushing defeat awaiting them at the poll come November 16, 2019.
“As the party of the Bayelsa people, we shall not join this disgusting invitation to anarchy and needless violence which the Bayelsa APC is reputed for. The killing and maiming of our people because of desperation to win election cannot be an option to the decent mind. We shall not join them to commit the sacrilege of the waste of lives òf the Bayelsa people.
“The descent to the horror of impunity in a political contest cannot be a standard in a civilized society.
“We hereby call on the police, the DSS and indeed all security agencies to be proactive in the onerous task of securing the state during this testy period by intensifying intelligence and rapid security response in the state.”
The organization called on the teeming followers of the PDP to ignore the provocation from a party that lacks structure which has opted to embrace violence as its parapet in the forthcoming election.