Is it true that a former managing director of the NDDC, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe has been endorsed to take over power from Seriake Dickson as governor of Bayelsa State? Does Dickson's stylish and double reception for Alaibe have anything to do with the perceived endorsement?
Or, could it be true that Dickson merely celebrated the return of Alaibe to the PDP to massage his ego and get the influential politician to assist in ensuring that the PDP wins the 2019 state and National Assembly elections in the state?
Many people in the state believe that there must be more to the defection ceremonies than meets the eyes. To Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, a former gubernatorial aspirant in the state, those who defected from the APC did so for selfish reasons.
Alaibe and other chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, recently returned to their former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Alaibe was first received amongst other defectors by the state governor in Government House, Yenagoa, some weeks ago.
The reception threw up controversies in the state with some pundits reasoning that the Kolokuma/Opokuma born
politician may have been endorsed by the governor to succeed him.
The formal reception of the APC defectors on Thursday at the Peace Park further complicated matters. On one hand, an excited Dickson held Alaibe's hand and raised it high, as if to say 'this is the man.'
But in his speech, Dickson said PDP was a party where internal democracy thrived and that wide consultations would be made to arrive at his successor.
He went ahead to announce that at the appropriate time, he would lead the state on a round of "fasting and prayers" to seek the face of God and divine direction on who his successor would be.
The governor's statement at the rally was said to have confused many supporters of Alaibe who served as special adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan on Amnesty programme.
Speaking further, the governor had said, the "APC didn't know the value of Chief Alaibe and all these political leaders. I feel sorry for them.
"Our brothers and
friends, in the new Bayelsa that we have been creating, we believe in brotherhood, oneness and unity.
"l keep telling everybody that the disagreement of the past belongs to the past. All mistakes of the past belong to the past. As governor of this state and leader of our people, my concern is the future".
Alaibe on his part said "by hosting us this way, the governor has added value to our return to the PDP. I must tell you that with this rally, pundits are ashamed because they didn't believe that we were going to be received in this manner.
"We left APC because they don't keep their promises. You can see that their house is in chaos.
"We are coming back to support you so that you can continue to invest in other areas including what you have already done in the health sector
done in the health sector like the diagnostic centre where a former president came to be diagnosed", he said.
Reacting to the defection, Ikiogha said individual selfish interest was responsible for the action of the defectors.
The former chief of staff to Dickson said " I think the problem of Nigeria is not political ideologies but it is individual selfish interest that is making people to defect from one party to another.
"They are not defecting because they want to change the ideologies or change the system but because they feel they are going to a better place where they can carry out what they have in their minds.
"I believe all the political parties have something to offer. So, if you believe in them and you go to them, what is the need going away?"
He called on the electorate to look at the pedigree of individual politicians and not the party they belong.