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10 Injured As PDP, APC Supporters Clash In Bayelsa

Not less than 10 persons sustained severe injuries on Friday, when some youths suspected to be supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), reportedly clashed in Igopiri area of Nembe Local Government Council of Bayelsa State.

The clash was said to have occurred over party supremacy.

According to eyewitness account, trouble started when some members of the PDP, who were travelling to Brass Local Government Council for campaign rally of Douye Diri, a governorship candidate, drove to Igopiri jetty, where some APC supporters were having a political meeting.
 
 
The PDP supporters claimed that they erroneously drove into Igopiri instead of Ogbolomabiri jetty, where the boats to convey them were waiting, and they were attacked.
 
However, members of the APC alleged that the PDP supporters drove into their midst with the intention to cause trouble, which led to the the bloody encounter.
 
It was gathered that it took the intervention of other youths in the community to calm the supporters involved in the free-for-all fight, which lasted for about thirty munites.
 

The incident was said to have caused panic among journalists meant to cover the event, as they missed Diri’s campaign rally trip to Akassa and Okpoama communities in Brass LGA.

Dan Alabrah, Special Adviser to governor Seriake Dickson on media and public affairs, in a statement said:

“What is even more repulsive is that this unacceptable standoffish state of lawlessness has remained in place since the 2019 general election even though the signs had manifested before then”.

The state governorship election comes up on November 16.

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