By Laja Thomas
Youth Movement for the Defence of Democracy, YMDD, has condemned the political crisis in Bayelsa State.
In a statement by its Coordinator, YMDC said the widely-reported militarisation, closure of schools and curtailment of freedom of movement in Bayelsa State amount to laying siege on the collective psyche of the people, majority of whom are not party to the political crisis or even belonged to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The statement said: “It is disturbing that there has been incidents of political victimisation and attendant witch-hunting of people who are opposed to the largely flawed governorship primaries in the state.
“We are concerned that the act of political victimisation resulting from the political situation in Bayelsa may be worsened considering the arrest and unlawful detention by the police in Lokoja, Kogi State, of persons believed to be supporters of Governor Timipre Sylva who were prevented from entering Abuja, weekend.
“It is disturbing that the Bayelsa scenario has again cast aspersion on the commitment of the Federal Government under the control of PDP to the tenets of the Rule of Law.
“We, therefore, challenge President Goodluck Jonathan to impress it on PDP to show restraint and demonstrate more commitment to the Rule of Law which was the hallmark of the presidency under President Yar’Adua and to which Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign repeatedly and elaborately pledged.”