Bayelsa 2016: Jonathan’s Kinsmen Dump Dickson

Kinsmen of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, from Ogbia Local Government of Bayelsa State, have resolved that they would not support Governor Seriake Dickson’s second term ambition.

They came up with the resolution at a crucial meeting they held on Thursday under the auspices of Ogbia Joint Initiative (ODJI).

They also announced their disapproval of a statement credited to Jonathan and his close confidant, Amalate Johnny Turner, as endorsing Dickson.



Jonathan was said to have, in one of the meetings he held in his country home, Otuoke, to resolve the crisis rocking the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), enjoined party members to support the governor.

In a communique issued in Yenagoa on Thursday after the meeting, the ODJI commended Jonathan for being a statesman but advised him “not to involve himself with the politics of endorsing failed politicians”.

The communique was signed by their President, Rev. Godstime Godson and the Secretary, David Inengite.

They accused Dickson of marginalisation claiming that the current government sited no project in Ogbia area.

They called on the people of the state to see the forthcoming election as a common-sense revolution.

They advised the people to participate fully to vote out the current administration insisting that they would no longer cast their votes for a candidate with a track record of non-performance.

According to them, the barriers for Dickson’s re-election include numerous abandoned projects, high level of deception by state officials, lack of developmental ideas and inability to create employment opportunities.

Others, they said, are the anti-student stance of the governor, non-friendly policies against civil servants and the alienation of the masses from governance.

Part of the communique read:  “ODJI also sympathises with the students on the delay of their bursary payment. It urges them to prepare their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) against the forthcoming election and ensure that they vote out bad leaders.

“The ODJI resolved that Ogbia people will vote out non performing administrations. It decries that since the inception of the current government, no tangible project has been sited in the area.

“It expresses pain that even the Imiringi Gas Turbine Station that Ogbia once enjoyed under the past government have also been grounded for over three years.

“Finally, the ODJI said the level of disrespect for elders of the state is becoming alarming and call on the elders of the state to unite forces in ensuring the delivery of a credible candidate for the sake if posterity. It advises the elders to put the interest of the state first and engrave their names in the annals of history

“The ODJI also congratulates His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Mohammadu Buhari on his successful election and sweating-in.

“It also pledges its commitment to supporting his administration and thank the former president for accepting defeat and ensuring a peaceful transition due to the relationship between the North and the Ijaws.”

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