Chris Mark, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Campaign Council has expressed dismay and shock over the recent armed attack on the country home of forme Governor Seriake Dickson.
The incident resulted in the death of a police officer.
It be would recall that unknown gunmen attacked the country home of the Dickson who is the party’s candidate for the forth-coming Bayelsa West Senatorial bye-election.
In a statement issued after a meeting held at Toru-Orua, country home of the former governor, the Chairman of Campaign Council, Chief Fyneman Wilson, and Secretary, Dr. Ayakeme Whiskey, both queried the motive behind the visitation of terror on the country of its candidate. The statement called on security agencies to unravel those behind the attack saying it was “unprovoked”.
The Council said Dickson has been wooing the electorate through campaigns as he does not believe in using violence to win elections.
PDP warned those who believe electoral victory could only come through violence to retrace their steps as nobody had monopoly of violence.
While appealing to members of PDP to remain calm, the Campaign Council expressed condolences to the immediate family of the deceased policeman identified as Mike Okoli, the State Commissioner of Police, Okoli Michael, and the entire Nigeria Police Force “for the unprovoked, cold-blooded murder of the gallant officer who died in the course of service.”
The campaign council expressed confidence the perpetrators would soon be apprehended and made to face justice.
They Council enjoined PDP members in the senatorial district to vote massively for its candidate on December 5 even though it noted that the court had ruled that the All Progressives Congress, APC, had no candidate for the election.
The campaign council warned eligible voters who are PDP members to be focused on how to ensure the party wins the polls and not be misled by social media posts from the opposition.
They charged all party leaders and members to step up sensitization and mobilization of the electorates at every polling unit to come out enmase to vote for Dickson.
A minute silence was observed in honour of the police officer.