POLITICS: Bayelsa Of Blood

Peoples Democratic Party rally, which was held at Okolomabiri in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Wednesday turned bloody as three people were feared killed.

The repulsive incident occurred when a bunch of some fearful-looking gunmen stormed the venue of the rally and began shooting sporadically.

Journalists including supporters believed to be of the PDP were denied access into the hometown of the APC deputy governorship candidate, Senator Degi Biobarakuma.  They were violently handled. This happened before the shooting.

It was gathered that Simon Onu, an OB van driver attached to the Bayelsa State-owned radio station was one of those that was shot dead.

Senator Biobarakuma was disqualified yesterday from participating in the election holding on Saturday by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Douye Diri said many of their members were yet to be accounted for and demanded justice for those affected.

He said the party had received information that a group had declared that Nembe was an APC area and the PDP would not be allowed to campaign there.

The Vice-Chairman of the PDP in the South-South called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Army, and the Police to ensure that there is law an order.

While condoling with the families of those who lost their lives, the PDP chieftain said the party and its supporters will remain peaceful and would not take laws into their hands.

According to him, following the signing of a peace accord last week, the PDP and its supporters have worked to maintain the peace.

“When APC came here to do their rally, nobody interfered with what they were doing. In some states, they would have denied them access to the pavilion [used for the rally],” he said, wondering why PDP’s rally would be attacked.

One of those at the rally, Orutu Africa, accused APC supporters of throwing bottles at them initially.

“The next thing we saw was boys from Basambri crossed over with guns to Okolomabiri and the shooting began. They shot at sight,” he said.

Even the military could not help us at the time because the number of boys that came with their sophisticated guns was many. So, what we experienced was a near-death experience.”

He said so many people were injured and he was fortunate to escape through a nearby forest before getting a vehicle to get him to safety.

Meanwhile, Governor Seriake Dickson has visited some of those injured in the attack in the hospitals where they are receiving treatment.

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