Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, has raised the alarm that opposition politicians in the state were not preparing for the general elections but war.
Iworiso-Markson who briefed reporters after the state Executive Council meeting on Wednesday evening, alleged that the opposition were stockpiling arms to subvert the electoral process because of their unpopularity.
Iworiso-Markson said, “They have resorted to creating instability and turning the state into a theatre of war.
“We have said it over and over again that the opposition party in the state is not pretending about its intentions to cause violence and pave the way for the hijack of electoral materials by the hired thugs. It is preparing for war and not election.
“These Diaspora politicians have not contributed anything to the development of our state. They only come back home when there is election and because of their lack of popularity, they institute violent means to get into power.”
The Information and Orientation Commissioner appealed to parents and guardians to advise their children and wards to stay away from desperate politicians and their evil plots.
He urged the youths to arm themselves with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to elect responsible leaders that would bring more development to the state, rather than carrying weapons to unleash violence for the benefit of failed politicians.
Also addressing the newsmen, Arthur Seweniowor, the new Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, warned that the Bayelsa State Executive Council would use the instrumentality of the law to punish anyone or group found to be disrupting the existing peace in the state during the forthcoming polls.
He said the council’s meeting deliberated extensively on a report before it that some politicians in the state were stockpiling weapons for the purpose of causing mayhem.
Seweniowor said the government would not fold its hands and watch unscrupulous politicians turn the state into a killing field.
He stated that as a responsible government, it would not allow the violence that characterised the 2015 and 2016 governorship election to repeat itself, stressing that it had a constitutional mandate to protect lives and property.
The Attorney-General pointed out that elections are not war but a healthy contest to choose leaders democratically, and called on youths not to allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians to commit atrocities.