Ahead of the gubernatorial election scheduled to hold in Bayelsa State on November 16, a video of Bayelsa State lawmaker, Hon. Wilson Ayakpo Dauyegha in physical fight with the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in the state, Hon. Jothan Amos has surfaced.
The fight between the state’s APC Chairman and Dauyegha, a known political ally of the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, occurred just after the lawmaker representing Ekeremor Constituency II in the Bayelsa state House of Assembly tore a paper he was given to sign.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the fight was centered on the mode of party gubernatorial primary. While Lokpobiri is pushing for an indirect primary, the party chairman seems to have adopted the direct primary option. Hon Dauyegha was heard saying in the viral video “What kind of chairman are you? You are a stupid chairman. I’ll deal with you.”
Here is a video of the fight;
In a statement after the video went viral, Hon. Wilson Ayakpo Dauyegha said he only defended himself but never assaulted the party Chairman. According to him, Hon. Amos wanted him to sign a document without knowing its content.
He said “The chairman called me a night before the incident that he wanted to see me, I told him was in Port Harcourt but it was late, so he said since I was travelling tomorrow we’ll meet at the airport before departing for Abuja.”
“On reaching the airport, the party chairman, Jothan Amos told me to come into his car with military men and was coercing and pacifying me into signing a document and I openly refused. He also said ever since he made me minority leader I have been avoiding him. This is really sad and it’s a wrong precedence to begin the elections.
“I wasn’t even at the stakeholders meeting but I heard there wasn’t any tangible agreement, so why bring a document to force me to sign? That was why I jumped out of his car and pushed him to take defense,” he said.
“I tore the paper because while we were struggling in the car my pen drew a line, so I don’t want to be mentioned to have signed the document.
“It should be noted here that if a mode of election is to be chosen, it should be done the proper way with every member of the party agreeing and not coercing members secretly, which the party chairman has been doing since after the stake holders meeting.
“The party chairman has been going about forcing members of the party with military men to sign documents on the mode of the elections, which has raised an uproar and serious concern to major stakeholders.
“Since the outcome of the meeting was in stalemate, he would have allowed the major stakeholders meet and resolve issue before signing of documents” he said.