Bayelsa youths Blast politicians, say relationship between Gov Dickson, First Lady, cordial


A socio-political group, Bayelsa Youth for Peace Initiatives and Good

Governance, has warned political office seekers and their cronies within

and outside the state against heating up the polity.

The organization which specifically expressed dismay over the alleged 'frosty

relationship' between Governor Seriake Dickson and the First Lady, Dame

Patience Jonathan over 2015-16 elections, said it will start mobilizing

youths against disgruntled politicians fanning the embers of discord.

A statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by the President of BYP, Charles

Ebi stated that there is a cordial relationship between the President

Goodluck Jonathan, his wife and Governor Dickson.
He said, “Governor Dickson is a notable member of the Green Movement;

President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization, then as Governor. Also,

as the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Justice, Hon.

Dickson was one of the leading campaigners for the enthronement of

President Jonathan as Acting President and his subsequent election as

'At different fora, the governor had made it known to the people, his love

and support for President Jonathan and his family. Recently, Hon. Dickson

as a leader of the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party, (PDP) in the State

led other members of the party in the state in endorsing the President for

the second term.
'As a true democrat, he has warned the people against politics of name

dropping, blackmail and propaganda, arguing that it is against democratic

norms. Leadership is about service delivery not name dropping, as we are

currently experiencing in the state.
“As far as we are concerned, there is no problem between the governor and

the wife of the President. The purported rift between the President's wife

and Governor Dickson is the handiwork of mischief makers and political

jobbers who are hell bent in disrupting the prevailing peace and stability

in the state.
“As true Ijaw sons and daughters, we do not believe in washing our dirty

linen in the public. If there are issues at all, which is highly in doubt,

as Ijaw people we know how to address such issues without breaching the

peace and creating chaos all over the place.
“Whoever is interested in contesting any elective position should be bold

enough to come out and discuss issues rather than engaging in campaign of

calumny. There is no need for anyone to pitch the governor against notable

personalities in the state before winning election. Let your works and

achievements speak for you.
“Governor Dickson in the last three years has done so much for the state

in the provision of infrastructure, affordable health care delivery, free

compulsory education at primary and secondary levels to mention just a few.

“If the trend of name dropping and campaign of calumny against the present

administration continues, the group said that it would not hesitate to

mobilize youths against such personalities and subsequently declare them

persona non grata in state.”
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