The agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are scared of going to Nembe local government area in Bayelsa state, a chieftain of the party, Chief Victor Sam-Ateki, has said.
In an address on Friday morning ahead of the Saturday, 16 November election, the deputy chairman of Bayelsa PDP noted that they need the security agents to ensure the safety of the party agents who will be moving down to that part of the state.
He noted that since the violence that took place on Wednesday which left people dead and others injured, there has been palpable tension in the region and most PDP agents and party members are now scared of moving down.
“The issues we have, one of them is movement of materials from to Brass local government area.
“Based on experience, the Nembe area is very volatile, and Brass is not part of Nembe, so they should isolate Nembe from Brass because they have plans to take the materials through Nembe.
“And PDP, just the day before yesterday, went to campaign at Nembe and you as media people are aware of what happened in Nembe.
“We did not insist that we would continue with the campaign. We sought the assistance of the military to escort us out of Nembe.
“They tried to escort us out, but it was gun battle between the military and the people in the other party.
“To tell us that you’re taking these materials through Nembe and you expect us as agents to accompany these materials? There’s no way any PDP person can accompany the materials through Nembe because we’re not sure whatever security arrangements they’ve made can guarantee the safety of the PDP members due to what happened day before yesterday.
“Up till now, they’re able to go and curtail the situation in Nembe. So, we have made it clear to them, since they’re insisting that we must pass through that place, they should take responsibility.
“All we know is that we have looked at the materials here, the materials should safely arrive Brass.
“If by the time of election or later today, we hear that the materials are not there, it is their responsibility.
“We expect that having raised such concerns, they should have called the party agents, to reason together, and see how to work out safer routes for all of us.
“We’ve expressed our fears about Nembe route, so as responsible stakeholders, we should all sit together. I will not be the one to tell them what to do.”
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