Thursday, 2 July 2015
This was stated by the leader of a group called Bayelsa Consultative Assembly, Senator J.K. Bambaifa who remarked that the elders of the state were disenchanted with the leadership style of Governor Dickson describing him as imperialistic and self centred
Senator Brambaifa who led a high powered Bayelsan delegation of elders to Abuja were said to have been hosted by the former governor of the state and APC leader of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva who played host to them, and who took them to the National secretariat of the All Progressive Congress where calls were made on the Party's Executive Committee to come to Abuja and receive them, defectors of the PDP officially into the APC family.
They stated that their coming to Abuja was to give an attestation that they were now ready to liberate Bayelsa from the hands of the incumbent governor, Hon. Dickson It will be recalled that the PDP in Bayelsa state has been in the news over the period since after the political campaigns of the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan's PDP presidential rally after which the former PDP Chairman of Bayelsa, Col. Sam Inokoba was suspended on allegations of mismanagement of funds, and the consequences of appointing Chief Serena Dokubo as Acting Chairman of the Party, a development Col. Inokoba has not taken lightly as he was said to have dragged the matter to Court.
Besides that, some National Assembly men of the Senate and House of Representatives, Senator Clever Ikisikpo, Hon. Nadu Karibo and others also defected to the APC. .And just recently the former Chief of Staff of Government House of the Hon. Dickson led PDP government, Chief Dikivie Ikiogha a friend of the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan also defected to the APC with his supporters.
In a related development, it was reported that following an attempt by the former first Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, to impose, Hon. Waripamowei Dudafa as her choice candidate to slug it out with Dickson in the PDP primaries some of the big wigs of the party comprising former governors, former Senators, former Commissioners, Special Advisers etc. bid PDP bye and went into the APC.
Meanwhile the National Secretariat of the PDP has given Governor Dickson a clean bill to be the sole candidate to carry the party's flag on the 2016 gubernatorial race. It is now clear to doubting politicians that Dickson is the sole candidate of the PDP, and that had heightened the political tension in the state thus leading the :"Dickson must Go Elders" of the state making the Abuja trip.
Taking a critical look at the governor's camp and that of the camp of the building opposition, observers have noted with concern that if a strong reason does not prevail in the minds of the people to embrace peace, the election will very tough.