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Anti-Dickson Forces Close Ranks

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 7:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma  – Yenagoa


Politicians in Bayelsa State who are opposed to the re-election bid of Governor Seriake Dickson have intensified effort at stopping him from returning to Government House, Yenagoa, for another term in office in 2016.

The next governorship election in the state is expected to hold in the last quarter of this year. It was gathered on Monday that the anti-Dickson elements within and outside the Peoples Democratic Party have closed ranks to shove him aside.

They were said to have held a meeting at the weekend to fine-tune strategies aimed at ensuring Dickson did not emerge as the flag-bearer of the PDP.

The meeting was convened at the private residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s foot soldier and former Deputy Governor of the state, Werinipre Seibarugu, in Yenagoa.

Seibarugu, a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, was the state co-ordinator of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), the ubiquitous support group of Jonathan in the last general elections.

It was learnt that the meeting was chaired by Andrew Oputa, a retired Major of the Nigerian Army, who was the former security adviser to Jonathan when he served as governor of the state.

The meeting was said to have focused primarily on the need for anti-Dickson forces to unite and launch a formidable platform to dislodge him from office.

According to party sources, those who were present at the meeting included Senator  Nimi Barigha-Amange, former acting governor and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Nestor Binabo and Dickson’s former Commissioner for Environment, Sylvanus Abila.

Also in attendance were the former legal adviser and Commissioner for Conflict Resolution in the Dickson administration, Olorogun Esq, and Captain Karimu.

About 16 former state and federal lawmakers whom Dickson denied PDP return tickets at the party’s primaries last December were also said to have attended the meeting.Also, members of TAN and the immediate past First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan’s  Non-Governmental Organisation, Women for Change and Development Initiative (W4CDI), were present at the meeting.

A top-notch member of the PDP that pleaded anonymity said the meeting resolved that all governorship aspirants, including former domestic aide to the former President, Waripamowei Dudafa, would be thoroughly screened in order to select someone with the requisite attributes.

He said; “It was  also resolved that we reach out to other existing political groups in the state and establish contacts in the local  government areas.

“Co-ordinators will be appointed very soon to mobilise grassroots support. The bottom line is that Governor Dickson is the common enemy here and he must be shown the way out by any means possible including the use of needed political platforms.

“In our next meeting, more politicians will attend and all governorship hopeful will also be invited. The intention is to listen to all interested aspirants so that we will present a united front for a successful anti-Dickson battle”, he added.