•Says Dame Jonathan now working for him
BY Chris Ochayi
ABUJA: Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State yesterday declared that all the members of the People Democratic Party, PDP, who defected to All Progressive congress, APC, in the state were political opportunists whose motives were driven by ambition and not service.
Dickson, who spoke with newsmen after submitting his governorship forms at the national headquarters of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, is now working for his re-election ambition.
He said all the aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as opportunists who hope to leverage on their party’s control at the federal level to win the state.
Dickson boasted that “No other party has the strength that PDP has in Bayelsa State.”
According to him, “I am here in company of leaders and major stakeholders of the party in Bayelsa State and indeed major stakeholders of the state who have joined me in solidarity and in prayers to submit my nomination and expression of interest forms, seeking second term in the governorship election slated for December 5, 2015. And you have seen them all.
“This is a practical demonstration of solidity of the support that we enjoy within the party and within the state. In the past couple of weeks there have been a lot of propaganda, especially, when some gentlemen who have been part of out party left for the other party.
“And I kept telling any body who matters that, look, Bayelsa State is safely PDP. Our party is not shaking. Before now, Bayelsa was totally PDP, everybody was in PDP. And so, when one or two people leave, it will make news. But it doesn’t have the capacity to affect our predominance on the ground.
And you have just seen a little bit of that, all the leaders and key stakeholders who came here are the people who have been making the parties and the candidates win elections in their units, in their communities, in their wards, in their Local Government Areas and in the state.
Right from when we were in old Rivers State till now all those leaders have been in PDP and all those leaders are members of the Bayelsa Restoration cmapigns Organisation, which is my campaign organisation. We run an inclusive system in Bayelsa.