Security operatives attached to the Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for the November election in Bayelsa State, Engr. Udengs Eradiri, have been withdrawn.
The operatives were reportedly recalled by their security commanders in the state without any explanation sparking fears among party members in the state about the safety of their candidate.
While some said there was a grand design to hurt Eradiri and reduce his rising popularity ahead of the poll, others blamed the development on some chieftains of the main opposition parties, who considered the LP candidate as an obstacle.
Eradiri, who confirmed the development on Saturday, said he was worried about his safety and was nursing a premonition that he could become a victim of a sponsored attack.
He said: “All the security operatives attached to me as a candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State have been withdrawn. They all received orders from their commanders in the state to return to their headquarters.
“As a candidate, I am entitled to security protection like other major candidates for the forthcoming election. But because they consider me a threat, they went to influence the withdrawal of my security details.
“I feel that there is a grand plot to make an attempt on my life by making me vulnerable to a sponsored attack. I am worried about the development because those behind it want to create fear in my camp and reduce our ongoing penetrative consultations of all stakeholders across the state”.
Eradiri called on security commanders in Bayelsa to immediately restore his security saying they would be held responsible if any danger befell him.