Following death of two persons during All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, the government has expressed concern over regular violence and insecurity that often take place during APC activities in the state.
The two deaths was recorded when gunmen suspected to be political thugs invaded APC secretariat during inauguration of the new caretaker chairman, Joseph Fafi, which also left nine persons injured.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, the People’s Democratic Party-led government described the incident as a barbaric and serious breach of existing peace in the state,
The Bayelsa government noted that the incident was against all democratic and acceptable norms, urging Nigerian Police and other law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the recent outbreak of violence during the party’s non elective congress.
It appealed to Federal Government and the National leadership of APC to call its officials in Bayelsa to order as their activities were becoming disgraceful and highly embarrassing to government and the law abiding people of the state.
“It is a very sad commentary that, the APC in Bayelsa state has turned itself to a lawless and violent organization, where its leaders and supporters resort to violence at every slight provocation.
“Even for internal matters of the party that ought to have been handled with maturity and reasonable level of understanding” the statement added.
Reacting to the incident, leader of APC in the state, former Bayelsa state governor, Timipre Sylva, decried the shooting and killings, stressing that efforts to bring the party to disrepute had failed.
Sylva, who commiserated with families of the victims and visited the injured, apologized to APC supporters and loyalists attributed the dwindling fortunes of the party to poor leadership of the former chairman, Tiwei Oruminigha.
Sources said that invasion of the party could be linked to alleged undue expulsion of ex-chairman of the party and his executive members, by the National leadership of APC, appointing an interim executive to pilot the party affairs.
According to him, today, they thought they can intimidate us, small children and cowards; they came here to scare the people, but they have failed in their attempts
“The ship of APC has started sailing in Bayelsa state and no one can stop the ship, now this party will begin to function.
“To all supporters and Bayelsa people, I am in the state to officially present Joseph Fafi as the one that would run the affairs of the party in the state; now, Fafi is the new party Acting Chairman,” Sylva added.