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Women petition IGP, DSS, demand arrest of Bayelsa APC deputy governorship candidate

13:19 Oct 31 2023 Bayelsa State

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Few days to the November 11 governorship election in Bayelsa State, leading female political figures have called on the Inspector-General of Police IGP and the Director General State Services DGSS to take appropriate actions against the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, Mr. Joshua Maciver for inciting violence against members of the opposition.

Maciver in a video that has gone viral, was seen asking his audience to throw anyone who misbehaves into the sea.
The women who are members of Bayelsa Women Arise in a statement issued on their behalf by Princess Ebibaratimi Atani, the publicity secretary, said the threat of violence may destabilize the polls.

She said Maciver during a political campaign of the party in Twon Brass, Bayelsa State, called on supporters of APC to chase anyone opposed to the emergence of the party into the sea and kill people, as long as victory is secured.

The women urged the IGP and the Director-General of the Department of State Services DSS to take immediate and decisive actions to reassure voters of their safety.

They argued that it is the duty of law enforcement agencies to protect the lives and property of all citizens, and “we believe that failure to address this issue promptly would set a dangerous precedent for our state’s political climate.

“In light of the above, we urge the Inspector- General of Police to launch a thorough and swift investigation into the comments made by Mr. Joshua Maciver, as a way of preventing bloodshed, which Mr. Maciver and his co-travelers are determined to unleash on our people during the forthcoming election.”

Speaking further, the publicity scribe noted: “Recall that few days ago, our organisation expressed our fears and sensitized the people of Bayelsa on the for a violence free Governorship election on November 11, during a Peace Walk where thousands of Bayelsa people participated.

“During his speech in Twon Brass, Mr. Joshua Maciver shockingly advocated for the killing of supporters of opposition candidates, thereby inciting violence and creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in our beloved state.

“Such statements are not only unbecoming of a political candidate but are also a direct threat to the democratic process, which is built on the principles of peaceful coexistence and respect for the rights and choices of the citizens.

“Therefore, we, as concerned citizens and advocates for peace, justice, and a fair electoral process, strongly condemn these reckless remarks and call upon the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the DSS to take immediate and decisive action to reassure voters of their safety.

“It is the duty of law enforcement agencies to protect the lives and property of all citizens, and we believe that failure to address this issue promptly would set a dangerous precedent for our state’s political climate.

“In light of the above, we urge the Inspector General of Police to launch a thorough and swift investigation into the comments made by Mr. Joshua Maciver, as a way of preventing bloodshed, which Mr. Maciver and his co-travelers are determined to unleash on our people during the forthcoming election. We strongly believe that nobody, regardless of their political affiliation, should be above the law, and justice must be served.

“It is crucial to remind all political actors of their responsibility to promote peaceful coexistence and respect for democratic principles.
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