The two groups also took a swipe at Hon Ibarakumo Otobo, the youngest commissioner in the administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, who resigned his appointment recently as Commissioner of Youths Development and dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC.

NDPI and BYM accused APC leadership of planning violence ahead of the 2019 elections to intimidate PDP members and youths of the state because of their support for the Dickson administration.

NDPI, in a statement signed by Diepreye Ayah, described the APC as currently constituted in the state as a party of cultists, alleging that the state leader of the party, former Governor Timipre Sylva, was wooing members of the ruling PDP to join the APC.

Ayah, who alleged that the APC is currently ‎exploiting the ambitions of some members of the current government by promising them tickets ‎for various platform to run in the 2019 elections, maintained that the APC has nothing to offer Bayelsans

BYM in a statement by its Secretary-General, Mr. Elisha Inodu, warned Bayelsa youths to be wary of the APC, stating that the party is only interested in recruiting them into cultism to cause mayhem in the 2019 elections.

BYM, which urged Dickson to remain focused without bothering about the defection of Otobo to the APC, reinstated their support for the Dickson administration and called on the governor not to entertain fears about his earlier decision to hand over the state to them.

Indodu said: “The Bayelsa Youths Movement has observed the recent decision of former Commissioner for Youths Development, Ibarakumo Otobo, to defect to the All Progressives Congress. As a body, the BYM upholds the right of every citizen to personal decisions as Otobo has made in this case of his defection to the APC. However, we are constrained to call on our Governor to remain focussed in his decision to open the political space to the youth populace in Bayelsa. He shouldn’t be discouraged by the action of the former commissioner who he gave priority attention out of thousands who supported his Restoration Government and the ideals it represents.”

Reacting to the allegations, state publicity secretary of APC, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, described the claims as baseless and irresponsible.

“l don’t respond to faceless groups who make baseless, irresponsible and ungodly claims,” Buokoribo said.

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