By Buchi James
Bayelsa state governor Seriake Dickson has described the endorsement of the APC governor-elect in the state Mr. David Lyon by former President and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Goodluck Jonathan as regrettable. The embattled governor made the statement in a world press conference in Yenagoa following the INEC’s declaration of Mr Lyon and the APC as winners of the November 16 gubernatorial election in the state. Recall that Dickson was alleged to have been at loggerheads with former president Goodluck Jonathan over the choice of the flag bearer of the PDP in the state gubernatorial race. According to reports, the discontent between governor Dickson as well as his restoration caucus and the former president led to the latter allegedly shifting support from
the candidate of the PDP, Douye Diri, for the APC candidate, David Lyon in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the state. According to Dickson, the perception that he alienated PDP stakeholders including the former president was unfounded, adding that the primary election that produced the PDP candidate was credible. In his words: “Jonathan remains my oga and I respect him, but there are lots of efforts by certain interest to create a rift between u. There is no politician that has been there for the former president than me”. “He has also helped me but it is unfortunate that I am being misconstrued in this matter of the election. I tried to meet Jonathan for 16 times and he opted to support a candidate that does not wish me well. “I will soon write my memoirs and people will have a fair view of what happened. The visit of some
APC governors to Jonathan who congratulated the APC candidate without congratulating the candidate of his party. “It is strategic for APC leaders to use Jonathan to legitimize the illegitimacy that happened on Saturday”. Dickson’s statement has come under the heel of the congratulatory message that was sent to David Lyon by former president Goodluck Jonathan shortly after he was declared the winner of the Bayelsa state gubernatorial election. The former president is yet to respond to Dickson’s statement, but there are indications in some quarters that the former party leader might be suspended by his party the PDP for anti-party activities. Irrespective of his response, the fact remains that no man can possibly impose his wish on the electorate in a true democracy.