The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded a comprehensive investigation into the violence and killings that took place during the Bayelsa state supplementary governorship election on Saturday.
A statement signed by the acting National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, on Monday in Abuja, decried what it described as “desperation’’ of the All Progressives Party (APC).
The party alleged that the APCs ‘’thugs openly engaged in violence resulting in the killing and maiming of innocent Bayelsans’’.
“We hereby demand a comprehensive inquest into these killings and that all perpetrators be brought to book.
‘’The PDP and lovers of democracy salute the people of Bayelsa state for standing against intimidation, rigging and violence to ensure that their votes prevailed in Saturday’s supplementary election.
“In fact, the steadfastness and resilience shown by the people, particularly in Southern Ijaw, will go down in history as one of the many sacrifices made to defend democracy in the land,’’ the statement said.
The party further alleged that it was clear that the APC was not disposed to free, fair and credible electoral process in the country, adding that by remaining resilient, the people of Bayelsa have greatly contributed in deepening democracy in the country.
“They have by so doing ensured that their own destiny is right in their own hands,” they added.
The PDP leadership further wondered how the APC thought it could win the gubernatorial election, knowing that Bayelsa is a core PDP state.
According to them, the victory was “more so in addition to the record of achievements of our candidate, Gov. Seriake Dickson”.
The party congratulated Dickson for his “well-deserved victory’’, and commended him for handling the situation during the Dec. 5, 2015 election and Saturday’s supplementary poll with maturity “in the face of provocations’’.