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Jonathan, Dickson's 'Rift' May Harm PDP In Ogbia, Others

  • Written by  John Odhe, Yenagoa
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Jonathan, Dickson's 'Rift' May Harm PDP In Ogbia, Others

The cold war between a former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and the Bayelsa state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson may be the greatest undoing of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming elections.

TNN gathered that the crave for who controls the party's structures in Bayelsa State has been a bone of contention between the two political gladiators overtime.

The supremacy tussle reared up its ugly head during the Peoples Democratic Party's primary elections that was held in September last year, to field candidates for the general elections.

According to sources, the outcome of the primaries did not go down well with the former president on the ground that none of his preferred candidates was considered.

The dust raised from the primaries, we learnt, has refused to settle down.

In Ogbia Federal Constituency, for instance, Jonathan was said to have wanted the incumbent House of Representatives member, Mrs. Sodagwo Festus-Omoni to return to the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

But instead, the party under the leadership of the state governor fielded Fred Obua for the position.

Sources close to the former president said Jonathan felt disappointed and disrespected in that he was not regarded even in his home local government.

As if that was not enough, the ex-president was equally shocked when his preferred aspirant for Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Sen. Nimi Amange was denied the party's ticket.

That scenario, according to our checks, further aggravated the former president's displeasure over the way and manner the elections were conducted.

Since then, there has been a cold war between Jonathan and Dickson.

Consequently, the ex-president, it was gathered, is averse to supporting candidates of the PDP especially in his district and local government in the forthcoming elections. 

Amange, who had since defected to the African Democratic Congress, ADC, and had picked the party's senatorial ticket, is said to be enjoying Jonathan's support.

Apart from the ex-president, majority of Ogbia electorate are said to supportive of Amange.

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the party in Ogbia local government area who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the party had nothing to lose.

"The PDP is fully on ground in Bayelsa state. It is the opposition that is not on ground. But let me tell you in confidence that even if His Excellency the former president wittingly or unwittingly support any candidate from any other party and he wins, the person will definitely return to the PDP at last.

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