The battle between former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson over who controls the Bayelsa state Chapter of People’s Democratic Party – and by extension has biggest influence in government circle is spiralling out of control.
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The battle between Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Seriake Dickson and some aides of the immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan seems to have become messier as the President comes home to serve his retirement.
Insiders reveal that the battle for the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa has now become a straight fight between Governor Wilson and the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Hon. Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa- and it was no wonder that Governor Dickson is engineering the expulsion of Hon. Dudafa and Emmanuel Paulker from the party.
As if that is not enough, in the last few weeks, we have it on good authority that the Governor has cancelled contracts that he had hitherto given to companies that were linked to Dudafa.
The whole brouhaha, we are told is caused by the stories that have now become an open secret in Yenogoa that Mr. President and his wife, Dame Patience are backing Dudafa as the next Governor in 2016. This we were told has not gone down well with the governor and so his plot is to control the party machinery before the President settles down.
While speaking about the plans to expel some members, Governor Dickson noted “The era of indiscipline and disloyalty that has bedevilled this party in this state is over for good. People should take this message home. We want honest and genuine members who understand the meaning of being a party man or woman and being a party official means subordinating personal interest for group interest.
“I have come to deliver a message of hope. The state is solidly PDP. The issue of indiscipline in the next couple of days the report will be out and they will all be gone”
Our source hinted that President Goodluck Jonathan is planning a meeting with all PDP stakeholders and chieftains today in Yenogoa