The Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has knocked a former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, for allegedly disrespecting an Ijaw elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clarke.
In a statement by its secretary, Chief Godspower Keku, the Bayelsa State PDP also flayed the publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Chief Godspower Keku, who it accused of casting aspersions on Clark.
The PDP said, “It is sickening for a son of the South-South to make such disparaging remarks about the elders and leaders of his people for saying the truth about issues of grave concern to them.”
The party said the time had come for the APC, led by Sylva and Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, to realise that “this failed attempt to disparage respected elders of the land will not change the APC’s story of political rejection in Bayelsa and the South-South.”
The PDP also condemned what it described as a “massive deployment of soldiers to aid the APC to rig the election in Bayelsa State.”
It said, “The people roundly rejected them with the PDP clinching 17 out of the 21 declared results of the 24 House of Assembly seats.
“The PDP will leave no stone unturned to retrieve the four seat erroneously announced for the APC at the tribunal as the APC lacks the capacity to win a seat in the House of Assembly in a free and fair contest.”