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Lokpobiri’s thugs attack PDP youths day after ministerial appointment


24 hours after his appointment as Minister of State for Agricultural and Rural Infrastructure, suspected thugs loyal to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri [image above], on Wednesday attacked PDP supporters in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

That signals what should be expected during the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The incident happened at the venue of a rally organised by the youths in support of Governor Seriake Dickson.

The suspected thugs arrived the venue of the event in three double engines speed boats with a threat to shoot and maim anyone that dare challenge them.

Brandishing dangerous weapons including cutlass and cudgels, the suspected thugs called for the outright cancellation of the rally else they will turn the entire community upside down.

Sensing the danger ahead, residents of the communities were forced indoor as the suspected took over the area.

In order to avert bloodbath, the organiser of the rally alerted the security operatives in the area.

As reliably informed, security operatives were drafted into the area to bring the situation under control.

It will be re-called that Senator Heineken was once alleged of threatening to cause political uproar in the area. 

Lokpobiri is the Campaign Director of Sylva/Igiri campaign Organization.

He was alleged to have told the members of the opposition party that he would show them his true colour on his return from Abuja.

Condemning the development in statement, the Director of Publicity, Restoration Campaign Organization, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite said it was sad to note that after the signing of peace pact by the aspirants, APC could still descend to the level of sponsoring thugs to disrupt the PDP organized rally.

Not only this, a former senator and newly sworn in Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who supposed to be a rallying figure for the youths in the state could be the brain behind the heinous act.

The statement, therefore, called on the police to ensure that the culprits are brought to book, and as well put necessary machinery in place to prevent re-occurrence of this act.

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