The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says violence recorded in Bayelsa State before Sen. Douye Diri’s inauguration as governor should be blamed on All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Oshiomhole had claimed on Thursday that nobody would be inaugurated as governor in the state on Friday.
He stated this in a media briefing after the Supreme Court nullified the election of the party’s candidate and governor-elect, David Lyon, paving the way for the PDP candidate, Diri, to emerge governor.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP called on the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to pick up Oshiomhole for questioning and prosecution for incitement.
According to the party, “the violence and arson being perpetuated by APC agents in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, on Friday, was in furtherance of Oshiomhole’s inciting call that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa state, contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court.
“Oshiomhole’s statement was a direct call for sedition and violent subversion of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the statutory authority of the Supreme Court and the mandate of the people of Bayelsa state.
“He should therefore be pulled in immediately for prosecution for inciting violence and arson in the state.
“Nigerians can recall that our party had on Thursday cautioned Oshiomhole over his utterances and apparent plots to cause violence and a breakdown of law and order in the state.
“The world however watched with horror as APC agents, chanting APC slogans, assaulted the people of Bayelsa state, set the PDP secretariat in the state ablaze, attacked the premises of Radio Bayelsa, vandalized vehicles and equipment, took over major highways and attacked travellers, all in the bid to violently subvert the judgment of the Supreme court and forcefully take control of the state.
“The PDP therefore charges the people of Bayelsa, the security agencies and Nigerians at large, to hold Oshiomhole responsible and accountable for the violence in Bayelsa state and deal with him accordingly in line with the provisions of our laws.
“Oshiomhole must be brought to book and stopped from the use of garrulity and clear misuse of language to cause crisis in our country.”