Posted by News Express | 22 November 2014 | 3,892 times
The job of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has become threatened as a result of his quarrel Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan. The First Lady is preparing to launch an onslaught against the Governor with a view to kicking him out of office and ensuring that he doesn’t return during the 2016 governorship election in the state, a well-informed source said.
The frosty relationship between Dickson and ame Jonathan recently took a turn for the worse, leading to her resignation as a Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service.
A Presidency source squealed that the First Lady, as part of her strategies, has recruited the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria (TAN), a campaign vehicle of her husband, to drive the process to unseat Dickson.
She has also reportedly consulted close associates and loyalists of the former Bayelsa Governor, Mr. Timipre Sylva, to lead TAN to the state. A source who is aware of the plot said the First Lady had already tinkered with the composition of TAN in the state and appointed a former Deputy Governor, Werinipre Seibarugu, to head the group for the new assignment.
Seibarugu, a known associate of the First Lady, was a deputy governor under Sylva who a few months ago led other loyalists of Sylva back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was learnt that the leader of TAN in the state, Mr. Talford Ongolo, may have been eased out to make way for Seibarugu.
The source said that Yenagoa and the entire state will soon witness unprecedented anti-Dickson’s rallies, movements and programmes – all coordinated by TAN. He disclosed that the activities targeted to undermine the administration of Governor Dickson will be held under police protection.
The source said: “This is just the latest addition to the bag of strategies mapped out by the First Lady to remove Dickson. You remember that she influenced the posting of the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Valentine Ntomchukwu, to the state for this reason.
“You may recall that she resigned her appointment as the Permanent Secretary to give her the moral ground to launch this war. Besides, you heard of her partnership with some federal lawmakers.
“Right now she has resolved that TAN should drive the process. She is working with the loyalists of former governor Sylva and they are coming under the guise of TAN to work against Dickson.”
The source disclosed that Bayelsa elders have been unhappy since they became aware of the plot.
“Very soon, these elders will be meeting with the President to plead with him to call his wife to order,” the source said.
•Photo shows Dame Patience Jonathan.
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