Bayelsa poll: APC and PDP supporters fight over election materials, one person injured

Less than 24 hours before the governorship election in Bayelsa State on Saturday, violence broke out at Twon-Brass Jetty in Brass Local Government Area.

PUNCH concluded that supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the ruling People’s Democratic Party have clashed over electoral materials for voting in the region. When violence broke out, officials from the independent National Electoral Commission stationed themselves in the area and tried to stop the election.

It could not be determined whether the election material dealt with sensitive or non-sensitive topics. Supporters of the two political parties are reportedly divided over the timing of polling stations ahead of tomorrow’s government elections.

Some sources claimed that the chairman of Brass LGA PDP, identified as Bara Daniel, suffered head injuries during the altercation. There were also claims that former Congress leader Victor Isaiah was also involved in the fray.

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However, APC leader Isaiah said he had nothing to do with the attack on the PDP and intervened to calm tensions. He alleged that the PDP leader threatened APC supporters during a debate on securing election materials.

He said: “I was there to observe the material removal process, and although the leader of the Democratic Party made an offensive comment and hurt some people, I was able to calm the situation.”

However, some soldiers eventually intervened and normalcy was restored.

Mr Hanson Karika, Chairman of Brass Local Government Area, has strongly condemned the attack on the PDP Chairman of Brass LGA.

He asked security personnel to remain vigilant to prevent further violence. When contacted, Bayelsa Command Police Officer Asinim Butswat said DIG Daniel Sokari-Pedro, in charge of state election security, would address the meeting at 4pm this evening.

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