FROM FEMI FOLARANMI, YENAGOA
As the dust settles gradually over the outcome conduct of the presidential, National Assembly and governorship elections in Nigeria, loyalists of President Goodluck Jonathan have concluded plans to move against Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa to ensure he is denied the governorship ticket for a second term.
The anti- Dickson elements who had hoped to move against Dickson after Jonathan had been declared winner of the March 28 presidential election have decided to go ahead with their plans even though Jonathan lost to the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
According to investigations, those in the anti- Dickson camp are made of aggrieved party members, who are of the view that Bayelsa State would be lost to the APC if the PDP decides to field Dickson as its candidate in the governorship election slated for later this year.
The anti- Dickson camp, which is being coordinated from Abuja by a serving senator and an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, who is also a loyalist of the First Lady, Mrs, Patience Jonathan, are going to exploit the division in the party arising from imposition of National Assembly and state House of Assembly candidates, attempted suspension of the party chairman and growing resentment of Bayelsans against the Dickson administration to make a case for the national leadership of the party not to field him as the candidate.
Already, a group, Network for Bayelsa Peoples Forum( NBPF), has expressed concern over the possibility of PDP, returning the Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, as the party flag bearer in the governorship election scheduled .
The Chairman of group, Mr. Ibipa Oweiza, in a statement in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, lamented that Governor Dickson has squandered the goodwill of the party in the state, as majority of the electorate in the state are already yearning for change.
The group is of the view that if PDP insists on fielding the incumbent governor as the party candidate in the next governorship election, they should as well consider that they will lose the state to
any opposition political party that will also be vying for the Creek Heaven seat of power.
According to them, going by the trend in the country as witnessed in the just concluded general election, any attempt to impose the incumbent governor on the people of the state, will lead to mass defection and serious anti-party activities as most PDP members will work against the interest of the ruling parting in the state.
The leadership of the group said, they are particularly worried about the governor’s penchant to instigate controversy, which has already torn the party apart.
His words: “Two months ago, Governor Dickson caused the suspension of Col. Sam Inokoba, the state chairman of PDP, against wise counsel. This action has already polarised the party in the state. Recently, the governor has instigated a sectional leadership of the party in the state to institute investigation and probe of very senior party members including a serving Senator, Emmanuel Paulker and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Matter for anti-party activities with the deliberate intention of fanning embers of discord.”