Leave Dickson Alone, Etete Warns Mrs Jonathan
A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete has warned First Lady Patience Jonathan to stop meddling in the internal politics of Bayelsa, his home state.
Etete accused the First Lady of being “jealous” of the “exceptional performance” of Governor Seriake Dickson, and promised to lead the fight to stop Mrs Jonathan from further sabotaging the governor.
The former minister spoke over the weekend in Yenagoa at an event marking his 70th birthday.
Etete expressed surprise that, instead of clearing the path for her husband's re-election, the First Lady had preoccupied herself with removing Governor Dickson from office.
He wondered aloud who appointed Mrs Jonathan Lord over Bayelsa State, to determine who becomes governor and who doesn't.
“I am using this opportunity to warn the First Lady not to make the mistake of trying to dislodge Governor Dickson to impose a thief and a criminal.
“It is a known fact that Dickson has performed beyond the expectation of most Bayelsans, and that out of nothing but sheer jealousy the First Lady and her cheerleaders want him out to pave way for their selfish interests,” fumed the former minister.
At the event which had Governor Dickson and prominent Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, among other leaders, the former minister stated that his 15-year absence from Bayelsa had not blocked his understanding of political events in the state.
He carpeted Mrs Jonathan for failing to appreciate Dickson's efforts to assist her husband Dr. Goodluck Jonathan succeed as president.
“We have Governor Dickson working his heart out to galvanize support for President Jonathan's second term in office. On the other hand, the First Lady is aligning with all the opposition elements in the state to create crisis for the young governor.
“Her aim is to return to power the same thieves and criminals who failed the state in the past, and turn back the hands of the clock for this great state,” noted Etete, stressing, “we won't allow such to happen.”
Also speaking, Chief Clark endorsed Governor Dickson for a second term.
“By God's grace, I'll celebrate my 90th birthday here in Bayelsa in 2017, during Dickson's second term in office,” prayed the octogenarian.
Responding, Governor Dickson thanked the Ijaw leaders for their support.
He remarked that the re-election of President Jonathan should be the concern of all those who truly love Nigeria, and called for the collective efforts of Ijaw leaders and what he described as “sincerity of purpose.”
Tasking the people to stand up for what they believe is right, Dickson said it was impossible to claim to support President Jonathan's re-election bid and at the same time be causing confusion in the president's home state, stressing, “you can't claim to be for Mr. President and yet be sabotaging his home state.”
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