Unless ongoing mediation efforts by top notchers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), between former President Goodluck Jonathan and Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson succeeded, the party may loose out in the forth coming Governorship election in the state scheduled for November 2, 2O19.
This is because the two former political allies who operated like a son and father are engaged in a bitter political battle of their lives. Indeed as things are, unless a miracle happens, what transpired between Jonathan and Rotimi Amaechi, former Rivers State Governor, now Transport Minister in 2O14 would be a child’s play.
Already, the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is taking full advantage of the clash of the Titans in the state to full political mileage to improve on their standing in the state. The feud is centred around superemacy contest between the duo ahead of the forthcoming polls.
Sources said while Jonathan as leader of the party at the national level and former president sees it as his right to present the party candidate for the election, Dickson on the other hand believed he should nominate his own successor. Dickson is a grassroots politician and as a former member of the House of Representatives, has his tentacles everywhere. He believed he has delivered on his promise of a new Bayelsa, hence, he should name a successor who would continue on his legacies.
However, Jonathan who also believed himself as the father of the nation and the state and one who installed Dickson as Governor wants to be accorded the privilege of installing Dickson’s successor. Already, their supporters who are scattered all over the state especially in the Creeks have started taking on one another in a fight for superemacy.
While Dickson is favoured on account of being in office with state power, Jonathan appears to count on support from outside and his heavier war chest. There have been rumbles of attack across the state and high-wire political chess game.
Close political watchers in the state believed that the ongoing travails of the current Speaker of the state Assembly, Kombowei Benson is a direct fallout of the feud.
Benson and former Clerk of the Assembly, Aaron Timiye and current one, Koroye Stephen are standing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office. They are expected to appear before the Tribunal on the 18th of June in Abuja, observers believed this to be a political trial with eyes on November 2. But leaders of the party who felt that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers view the war as having negative consequences on the party especially in an election year.
They believed if that continued the opposition will take political mileage of the situation to capture the state especially being the party at the centre. Consequently, a flurry of mediation efforts by leaders of the party from federal and other states are afoot to stem the Tide.
They believed that if they should lose any state, it should not be Bayelsa, hence, everything possible must be done to reconcile the aggrieved parties.
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