Peace Tamuno Yenagoa.
Bayelsa State governorship hopeful on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebegha Tarelayefa, has expressed sadness over the killing of an APC chieftain, Sunday Frank-Oputu, saying the state was tired of unresolved murders.
He stressed the need of the recent brutal killing of Frank-Oputu in his sleep at his residence in Yenagoa, to be subjected to thorough investigations.
Tarelayefa noted that division and acts of violence would only limit the chances of the party to win reasonable number of seats at the State and Federal Houses of Assembly elections.
He urged the state government and security agencies, especially the police to use the case of Frank-Oputu as a test case, while describing the assassination of the APC chieftain as one too many.
The aspirant said that such incidents had become a recurrent decimal because perpetrators were not found and brought to book.
He called for a true reconciliation of aggrieved APC members in Bayelsa, adding that for the party to win the forthcoming election, it must embrace peace and unity.
“It is with a heavy heart that I received the brutal murder of one of our outspoken party leaders, Sunday Frank-Oputu.
”The assassination is one of too many in our dear state Bayelsa. We have had many unresolved killings in this state and this trend has continue because the perpetrators are never found and brought to book.
“I hereby, challenged the the state government and security agencies in Bayelsa to use the case of Frank-Oputu as a wake-up call.
”For the first time, let us unmask the killers and bring them to justice. Frank-Oputu Oputu must not die in vain,” he said.
Tarelayefa therefore called on party stakeholders to unite and form a common front to enable the APC wrest power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa, adding that as an alternative political platform in the state, members of the APC must be wary of their public conducts.
“It is time for our party, the APC, to shun division and work in unity to maximise our strength ahead of the general elections.
“We need peace, internal harmony and stability to approach the election as one family to enable us make the needed impact in the state and national assembly elections before the governorship poll,”Tarelayefa added.