Violence brews in Bayelsa State, as youths suspected to be ex- militants from the creeks of the state, under the aegis of the Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa (MBB), yesterday, warned Dame Patience, against accompanying her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, to the presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scheduled to hold in the state on February 5. A coalition of seven other groups however told the youths to ‘bring it on’.
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A group had earlier issued a similar threat. The group, which calls itself Bayelsa Youth Vanguard (BYV) had also barred the First Lady from attending the proposed rally.
The ex-militant youths asked Mrs. Jonathan to steer clear of the rally over her alleged involvement in an alleged plot to embarrass the state governor, Seriake Dickson, during the forthcoming presidential rally in the state. The group, in a statement by its president, Opuyo Engobara, accused the First Lady of aiding her anointed governorship candidate, Waripamowei Dudafa to recruit youths to embarrass Governor Dickson, at the proposed rally.
In a swift response to the threat, the coalition declared their readiness to rally round Patience Jonathan and warned trouble makers to steer clear of the PDP presidential rally.
The youths, under the aegis of the Jonathan Youth Vanguard (JOY 2015), vowed to ensure anti-Patience elements, who had threatened to disrupt the proposed rally if the First Lady accompanied her husband to the state, were dealt with.
“We have concluded plans to mobilise 10,000 youths to attend the rally and provide maximum security for Dame Patience,” said Daniel Etai, who spoke on behalf of the coalition.
He said it will be suicidal for anybody to think of preventing the First Lady from coming to the state. “The authentic youths and students’ leaders from the state are eagerly waiting to welcome the First Lady to the state. We commend Governor Dickson for his giant strides in the state. The youths will queue behind the governor to accord Dame Patience a deserving reception.”