Two aides attached to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Godswill Ziriki and Adolphus Ofongo, escaped death on Wednesday when hoodlums attacked a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting.
The meeting was organised by the PDP for the Bayelsa State House of Assembly aspirants in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
It was convened by the acting Chairman of SILGA (SILGA), Kia Nigeria, and held at the Latik Hotel on INEC Road, Yenagoa.
The meeting lasted for over an hour before thugs allegedly loyal to a member of the state assembly disrupted the gathering.
Rampaging miscreants were said to have thrown chairs and threatened to kill some persons.
It was learnt that though the meeting was convened to interact with over 14 state assembly aspirants for the seat of Constituency 3, the criticism by some aspirants against the planned return of a member of the House led to the violent action by the thugs.
Ziriki was reported to have questioned the decision of the lawmaker to seek another term in the assembly.
It was gathered that many of those who attended the meeting gathered and provided protection for Ziriki and Ofongo to prevent them from being attacked by the armed thugs.
An aide to the accused assembly member, who pleaded anonymity, denied the allegation levelled against his boss.
“It is not true that the assembly member sponsored the disruption. He has delivered on the mandate and the people of his constituency love him back,” the aide stated.