The former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, on Thursday visited the office of the state commissioner of police, Aminu Saleh, to protest the alleged destruction of the campaign billboard of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC) by suspected agents of Governor Seriake Dickson.
Chief Timipre Sylva, who arrived the office of the commissioner hours after the command meeting with leaders of various political parties at the officers mess, disclosed that the main reason why he visited the police boss was to get assurances because of the recent criminal activities, murders, attack on APC members and pulling down of bill boards in the state.
He said he believe that the government of Bayelsa state has a direct hand in the several killings that have occurred in the state in the last few months.
Sylva, who is the leader of APC in Bayelsa also faulted Governor Dickson’s frequent complaints about deployment and re-deployment of police commissioners in the state, noting that the reason why he didn’t shout about this recent change was because the current commissioner was in the state to do his bidding.
“We are here to visit the commissioner to get assurances because there are several killings and nothing has been done about it, a day ago, our presidential candidate’s bill board was brought down by unknown men and we know these are the kind of things that precipitate problems, if our members begin to react then there will be crisis.
“One of the strategies is to interact with the police and INEC, so that they’ll know that we are very serious this time and will not condone any form of connivance between the two agencies and politicians like in 2015 when we ran elections with police and INEC.
Sylva has, however, appealed to politicians and candidates of the various parties in forthcoming elections, to play the rules and not heat-up the polity, noting that this is election and not war.
Sylva also called for safe and peaceful conduct throughout the electioneering period, saying he was hopeful of greater chances of victory for his party in the state.
He stated this while addressing newsmen at the police headquarters in Yenagoa, briefly after his visit to the state commissioner of police.
Sylva, who accused the members of the PDP in the state of stockpiling arms for the elections, added that he hoped and pray that they’ll not have opportunity to use those arms throughout this period.
“Campaigns are going on everywhere in the state and the country, as you all know APC is the dominant party in the state and we have better chances in this election, we are hoping everybody will give peace a chance,
“Bayelsans are naturally peaceful people but the unfortunate thing is that the PDP has been stockpiling arms and we hope that they’ll never have the opportunity to use them.”