The once peaceful brass LGA of Bayelsa State under the former leadership of Barr. Andy Obed, Hon. Bello Bina, others, is now known to be a place of violence and other heinous crimes, under the current leadership of Hon. Victor Isaiah, the current caretaker of the LGA.
Months back, there were media reports of killings, which was said to have left about two APC supporters dead, others injured with their properties destroyed.
Few days back, the NULGE chairman of the LGA, ThankGod Singer, a friend and close ally of Hon. Israel sunny-goli, member representing Brass constituency three under the platform of the APC, narrated how he escaped assassination, stating that if not for the intervention of the Bayelsa police force, his life would have been cut short.
The LGA in question is said to be an APC stronghold, but the PDP through it’s state chairman, has blamed the APC for the violence.
In a recent statement from the APC Chairman, Mr Jothan Amos, he accused the Bayelsa state Governor of being hell bent in ending Apc’s dominance ahead of the 2019 polls, which he said was the cause of the violence.
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BAYELSA APC CHAIRMAN TO HIS PDP COUNTERPART; YOUR ASSERTIONS ARE DELIBERATELY MISLEADING.
The Bayelsa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Jothan Amos Esq, has taken a swipe at his PDP counterpart, Hon. Moses Cleopas, saying his assertions against his party, the APC, and two of its chieftains, Chief Timipre Sylva and Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, are deliberate falsehood with the intent to misinform the public, and malign their sterling character.
Addressing newsmen in Yenagoa, he said “it is baffling that my counterpart from the PDP has made it a habit to always misinform the public in his desperation to curry public sympathy for his party, and divert public attention away from the real perpetrators of evil in Brass council.”
He stated this while responding to an online publication by the PDP chairman in the state. In the said publication, the former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva and the only APC lawmaker in the Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, were accused, as being the masterminds of the incessant upheavals in Brass.
Barr. Jothan in his reaction to what he called “deliberate falsehood” by the PDP, condemned in totality, the attack on HRH Beimo-Spiff Cameron, Amadabo of Cameron-Ama and chieftain of the PDP, in a recent crisis in the oil rich council. He went further to say “While these needless crisis in Brass stands to be condemned, i must nevertheless, not shy away from stating the facts as they are, and that is to say; the raging inferno in Twon-Brass was ignited and is being fueled by the PDP to sustain the orgies of violence. It is a deliberate strategy put in place by Gov. Henry Seriake Dickson, which his stooge, Victor Isaiah, the caretaker Chairman of Brass Council is masterfully executing. It is an expression of extreme desperation at ensuring that the APC in Brass is conquered” he said.
He told newsmen that his primary aim of responding to the online publication, is to expose the grand deceit of the PDP hierarchy in the state, and lay bare the facts as they are. “Everything I’m saying here is opened to independent investigations for anyone desirous of unearthing the root cause of the orgy of violence in Twon-Brass.”
“Brass council is an APC stronghold in the state, and Gov. Dickson is hell-bent to end the APC dominance there, by all means possible, even if it means killing members of the APC in Brass council, to achieve his evil agenda” he said.
“Let it be expressly known that Gov. Dickson, found a willing tool in the person of Victor Isaiah, a young man with a propensity for violence, and one who habours fetish animosity against Chief Timpre Sylva and Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, for an alleged security job, he claimed was taken away from him by the duo. This, as he has told many, exposed him to unimaginable hardship, until he was recruited by Gov. Dickson to be his undertaker of evil. Suffice it to say, Brass has never known peace since Victor Isaiah became its caretaker chairman. It has rather sadly, with the speed of light, become an enclave of sordid violent attacks launched against members of the opposition party.” asking newsmen to go and make their findings.
He went further to ask his PDP counterpart, if Twon-Brass was enmeshed in the kind of wanton violence it is has continued to experience under the current caretaker chairman, during the reign of Barr. Andy Obed and Hon. Bello Bina, the immediate past predecessors of Victor Isaiah. “Brass under the two immediate past predecessors of Victor Isaiah was relatively peaceful, with supporters of the APC and PDP enjoying a harmonious relationship. Why is the reverse suddenly the case with Mr Isaiah?” he quipped.
According to Barr. Jothan, “It is very hypocritical of Mr Cleopas, to have kept mute on the series of attacks members of the PDP and mercenaries at the behest of the Brass caretaker chairman, have continued to unleash on the supporters of the APC in Brass.”
“Such deafening silence over such unwarranted barbarism that has even claimed two lives, is the height hypocrisy from the PDP chairman” He took time to explain how Mr Victor Isaiah, who he alleges is the prime suspect in an act of sheer savagery that claimed two lives, was prevented from being arrested.
According to Barr. Jothan, “Thugs mobilized by the state government, freed the Brass caretaker chairman from the policemen that came for his arrest, and he has continued to take refuge in government house, as the state government is shielding him from prosecution. This, to say the least, is most unconscionable. Scores of APC supporters in Brass have their bodies riddled with bullets, many others with machete cuts, these are verifiable facts you can independently verify” he told the newsmen
“Just last week, a renowned adherent of the APC, Hon. Robert Desmond had his house vandalized, and his viewing center set ablaze. A few days ago, an assassination attempt on another stalwart of our party, Comrade ThankGod Singer was foiled by gallant security personnel. The assassins found their way into his house but couldn’t carry out their devilish act before the arrival of security operatives, yet Mr Cleopas chose to peddle falsehood against the victims of his party’s diabolism. The house of Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, has been attacked and vandalised twice recently, by PDP thugs, yet Mr Cleopas would rather pretend these never happened.”
He appealed to supporters of the APC in Brass and the state in general not to take the laws into their hands, by embarking on retaliatory attacks. “Let us continue to remain law-abiding as we have always been, for justice shall surely prevail at the end” he admonished. He also made a passionate appeal to the state commissioner of police, asking him to ensure that his party members and supporters are no longer easily preyed upon by the goons of the PDP. Above all, he challenged the security agencies to ensure the safety of all Bayelsans in the state. He also advised the PDP to desist from fanning the embers of discord in the state in general, and in Twon-Brass in particular, as we are all one indivisible Bayelsans.