BY Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The leadership of the Kawu Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, in Bayelsa State, yesterday, faulted the police clamp down on its members, saying that the group may be forced to seek redress in court to enforce its constitutional right to association.
Bayelsa Police Command had, on Friday, warned politicians and members of the newly formed group against acts capable of causing a breach of the peace and security in the state, declaring the emergence of the Karu Baraje-led PDP in the state as illegal.
Interim leader of the group and Security Adviser to the former state governor, Chief Richard Kpodo, in a telephone interview, yesterday in Yenagoa, said that the police order declaring the body illegal was a breach of their constitutional rights to freedom of association and speech.
Kpodoh said that despite the order, which he described as “frivolous,” loyalists of the new PDP were going ahead with the opening of a parallel secretariat of PDP in th state.
He said “It is only in Bayelsa State that the police have declared dissident politicians wanted for what they believe in. In other places, the worse the police did was to close the office and not threaten to kill them.
“We are not intimidated by the police. We have not committed any offence, so we will go ahead with what we are doing and dare them to arrest us. Nigeria is not a lawless society.”
Kpodo dismissed insinuation that they were loyalists fighting the cause of former Governor Timipre Sylva, who was denied opportunity to seek a second term in office as governor of the state, saying, “contrary to this, we are people who are genuinely interest in what happens to the party.”