By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
A former Senior Special Assistant to erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic and Social Events, Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa, at the weekend, distanced himself from the alleged directive by former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, that her loyalists should support the second term bid of Governor Seriake Dickson in the December 5 governorship election.
He said though the purported directive from the former First Lady had not been confirmed, it did not include him and had not changed his position that if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fields Dickson as its flag bearer in the forthcoming election, it will fail woefully.
The former presidential aide, in a statement by a former Secretary to the defunct pro-Jonathan’s group, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Hon. Gesiye Isowo, denied that Dame Jonathan directed him and many others to support Dickson on his second term bid.
Dudafa, a former Bayelsa lawmaker and Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, had been expelled from the PDP for alleged anti-party activities.
He was alleged to have sponsored the election of the victorious Abiye Tarabina of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) during the last state House of Assembly election.
But Dudafa’s loyalists accused Dickson of instigating his expulsion from the PDP.
The loyalists claimed that such support for the governor was not deserved until the right things were done with their principal’s recall to the party.