By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
All Progressives Congress (APC) has absolved itself of blames over the violence and killings that attended the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) rally in Nembe, Bayelsa State, on Wednesday, accusing the PDP and the state government of being the culprits.
APC, in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja yesterday, alleged that the attack on the PDP rally was carried out by armed thugs mobilised to the event by PDP figures, recalling that it had earlier raised the alarm that the ruling party in the state was planning to cause mayhem to create an atmosphere of war in the stronghold of the APC.
According to the party, having realised the strength and popularity of the APC in Nembe council area: “PDP decided to unleash armed thugs, fake military and para-military men in uniforms, to cause unrest in the area; ultimately to create fear in the minds of our potential voters.
“We had alerted the security agencies and the general public on the secret release of about 100 awaiting trial inmates from Okaka Prison in the state capital, Yenagoa, by the state government. We also exposed the plot by the PDP-led government in the state to lure voters with N20,000 each, deploy fake police and military uniforms, clone Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), among others, to allegedly rig the governorship election.
“The manifestations of some of the concerns we raised three days ago seem to have started. If not, PDP will not have mobilised armed thugs to its rally to kill and cause mayhem, having realised that the people of this area had made up their minds to vote the APC.”
While condemning the act of violence in Nembe, the APC, however, called on security agencies to up their game and quickly identity those responsible for the violence and bring them to book.
The party stated: “Just three days ago, we told the world that fake navy, army and police uniforms have been procured to kit political thugs, recruited by the PDP-led government in Bayelsa State. We have been vindicated with the display of desperation at Nembe council area by the PDP.
“It is now clear to all that the outgoing Governor, Seriake Dickson, has become chaotic in the face of rejection of his party by Bayelsans as well as the soaring popularity of the APC in the state and the governor has now resorted to violence.