On Sunday, Seriake Dickson commented that he, alongside the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, will present the party’s governorship candidate, Senator Douye Diri, and his running mate, Senator Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo, to ex-president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in advance to the November, 2019, governorship polls.
The statement which was issued by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, when the Ogbia Restoration Caucus of the PDP, from Jonathan’s Ogbia Local Government Area, visited him for an interactive session on Sunday, states that the act was out of respect for Jonathan as a leader.
The governor said the presentation of Diri and Ewhrudjakpo would take place at the earliest convenience of the former President
Governor Dickson described Jonathan as his elder brother and leader and appreciated the mutually beneficial political alliance and relationship dating over 17 years between the two of them.
The governor dismissed the rumors which states that they have a frosty relationship adding that the report was the handiwork of self-centered politicians who are out on a mission to use the former president’s name to cause mischief.
He explained that politicians around the former president had been in the habit of fabricating reports of non-existent conflict between him and Jonathan over the years once they failed to achieve their political expectations.
Dickson told Jonathan’s kinsmen that he visited Goodluck on 15 occasions, out of respect, in order to compare notes with him and to unanimously agree on a candidate to support, which unfortunately did not happen during the transition period.
The governor commended the Ogbia Restoration Caucus and all members of the party for holding onto the PDP, which gave the Ogbia people the opportunity to contest highest offices in the land.
“If the rest of this state, the rest of the Ijaw nation, the rest of Nigeria, supported us and worked with us, then the least we can expect is that we in Bayelsa and Ogbia, in particular, should be faithful to the PDP,” the governor said.
Dickson further condemned the way and manner the name of the former President was brought into a governorship contest where all aspirants were his people.
He said that no governor, especially a second term governor almost completing his term, would sit idly and watch politicians in his party impose a candidate on him as they tried to do.