The National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP of Saturday the 31st of August 2013 has shown that the Reuben Abati led media managers of Mr. President have relegated the Bayelsa Press to the background. This is because the Baylsa Press which had a cordial relationship with Dr. Jonathan when he was the Deputy Governor and Governor respectively of Bayelsa before his elevation to the Presidency have in their heart that the President is their kinsman and saw no reason for their being sidelined or deliberately excluded in the scheme of things at national events. The Bayelsa Press deserves inclusion in view of the fact that they have a role to play in informing the grassroots of the events of the nation with Dr. Jonathan as President. The Bayelsa State Press had suffered accreditation denials to the detriment of the people of the State. Publishers in the State who were ready to storm Abuja for the PDP Convention were disappointed as all efforts to get accreditation proved abortive. This must be a mistake that need to be corrected especially now that the Bayelsa State Press is all out to drum support for the President in the 2015 Presidential election. It is also a thing of concern to the Bayelsa Press especially the Newspaper Publishers that the Dr. Reuben Abati led Presidential image makers did not allow them to see Mr. President even at home in Otueke while fellow Nigerians from other parts of the country gained free access. Dr. Abati Should not take this as confrontation but rather a move to build bridges for unity and cohesiveness in our collective zeal to return, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan as President in 2015.
By Evans Tubonah