APC said PDP had "taken its phobia to an alarming extent of now creating frightening scenarios and plotting low level fiction all in an attempt to incite the populace against the Police".
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its alleged "serial show of irrationality and fear since the recent posting of a new Commissioner of Police to the state".
The APC also accused the PDP of inciting the people against the Police.
In a statement on Tuesday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, APC said PDP had "taken its phobia to an alarming extent of now creating frightening scenarios and plotting low level fiction all in an attempt to incite the populace against the Police".
The statement was signed by the Bayelsa APC Publicity Secretary, Doifie Buokoribo, and was a response to a statement by PDP alleging that the state Police Commissioner’s office had become "APC’s operational political base".
The statement read: "As usual, the PDP has not provided any evidence to support this low level fiction. We consider it indecent, reprehensible and ungodly for a political party that is in control of government and power at the state to serially incite the populace against the police.
"We are in a democracy, and the PDP must know that it has to respect all the institutions of law and order. The PDP cannot decide for the Inspector General of Police whom he should appoint as Police Commissioner in the state. Except there is something they are not telling us, the PDP is not in a position to say it is only someone they can do business with that must be Police Commissioner in the state
"The PDP is taking its objection to the posting of the new Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Joseph Mukan, beyond the red lines. It has become a joke taken too far.The Bayelsa APC is a party of peace-loving people committed to democracy and the progress of Bayelsa State.
"Like President Muhammadu Buhari, we would like to take the state to the next level. We have nothing to gain in the event of a breakdown of law and order in the state. We recall once again that Governor Seriake Dickson’s personal friend and PDP member was not too long ago posted to the state as Police Commissioner under his administration. Despite obvious biases and injustices against the APC at the time, we remained committed to peace.
"We never resorted to the open incitement to violence and campaign for anarchy, which has become the stock in trade of the Bayelsa PDP since the recent police postings to the state. We cannot help but wonder with alarm what unlawful acts the PDP plans to engage in this time, which they fear the new Police Commissioner, unlike their friend and party man, would not condone.
"To us, the new police commissioner is doing very well in the state. Indeed, we commend him for reaching out to all the critical segments of society, especially the youth, in his attempt to rid the state of crime and criminality. Similarly, we salute Police Commissioner Mukan for apprehending the suspected killers of Miss Seifa Fred. Fred, a first year student of Niger Delta University, was killed recently in Yenagoa."