Two aides of the Bayelsa Governor, Hon. Godswill Ziriki and Hon. Adolphus Ofongo yesterday escaped death following the Armed invasion and destruption of a stakeholder meeting organised by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for House of Assembly aspirants in Southern Ijaw Local Government Council Area of the State.
The meeting, which was convened by the Acting Chairman of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Council, Hon. Nigeria Kia and held at the Latik Hotel along the INEC road, lasted for over an hour before thugs alleged to be loyal to the State Assembly Member representing Constituency 3,Hon.Daniel Igali disrupted the gathering by throwing Chairs and threatening to kill some persons.
According to some PDP members that attended the meeting, the targets of the thugs were Dr. Godswill Ziriki and Hon. Adolphus Ofongo, who are the special adviser on Tertiary Education and the chairman of the local government service commission respectively
It was learned that though the meeting was convened to interact with over 14 state assembly aspirants for the seat of constituency 3, the criticism by some aspirants against the planned return of Hon David Igali led to the violent action of the thugs.
Hon. Ziriki was reported to have questioned the decision of Hon. David Igali to seek another term in the State House of Assembly.
It was gathered that many of those who attended the meeting gathered and provided protection for Ziriki and Ofongo to avoid being beating by the armed thugs.
It gathered from sources at the meeting that the stakeholders are angry at the conduct of the accused Assembly member.
An aide to the accused State Assembly member, David Igali, who pleaded anonymity, denies the allegation leveled against his boss, “it is not true that the Assembly member sponsored the disruption. He has delivered on the mandate and the people of his constituency loved him to come back. “