Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Bayelsa 2015: Patience Jonathan throws weight behind Ex-Governor Sylva

By News Express on 08/08/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,997

As Bayelsans prepare to elect a new governor on December 5 this year, there are indications that the wife of the former president, Dame Patience Jonathan, is backing the governorship ambition of Chief Timipre Sylva, the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State. Sylva, who is currently standing trial on multiple corruption charges, wants to contest the gubernatorial election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a meeting convened by Mrs. Jonathan last Monday at her palatial hotel in Otuoke, the former First Lady read the Riot Act to members of her group not to support the re-election of the incumbent governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson. She directed them to support the aspiration of Sylva. When some of the people at the meeting raised observation as to the practicality and feasibility of working for Sylva when the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan had openly declared support for Dickson, Mrs. Jonathan urged the group to leave her husband to her to handle adding that nothing will make Jonathan support Dickson when the chips are down.

“My husband dey play politics with Dickson. Dickson think say na only him wise; nobi only him waka come Bayelsa. E de chop alone, ego die alone.  Oga will soon dump Dickson, don’t worry. My husband was accused of not being a good politician. Now he has learnt fast to be a good politician, what you see is politics, Dickson won’t go anywhere.”

The meeting was well attended by members of her group. Chief amongst those in attendance are:  former acting governor of the state and chairman of the defunct Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in Bayelsa State, Hon Werinipre Seibarugu, Dr. Weripamowei Dudafa, former presidential aide to the immediate past president and Commissioner for Local Government under Sylva. Others are former Commissioners for Transport and Sports, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, Hon Ebikitin Diongoli respectively, a female politician, Mrs. Remi Kuku and a host of others. They lamented the body language of the PDP apparatchik which they claimed would support Dickson to be the party’s candidate as against Dudafa who is the anointed godson of Mrs. Jonathan.

And having failed to fly the Dudafa ticket, News Express gathered that Mrs. Jonathan and her group resolved to mobilise support for Sylva as an alternative but vowed to remain in the PDP, to frustrate the re-election of Dickson who is generally adjudged to have opened up the state and delivered on his campaign promise to Bayelsans. Consequently, an anti- Dickson group within the PDP known as PDP Unity Forum headed by Ebikake was founded to discredit the state government. In separate interviews with the press in Yenagoa on Tuesday, Ebikake lambasted Governor Dickson whom she describes as high-handed and declared that her group will work against the victory of Dickson and urged the party not to field him. Doingoli too spoke in the same vein.

Mrs. Jonathan’s anti-Dickson mobilisation was coming few days after the national secretariat of the party dispatched a reconciliatory committee to Bayelsa to reconcile the feuding factions in the party ahead of the elections. The committee which is headed by the party’s acting BoT Chairman, Gen. Haliru Mohammed Bello, was received by the governor in government house last Saturday, after which they proceeded to meet the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in his Otuoke home. The committee also met with the Mrs Jonathan group as well as those party members who had been either suspended or expelled from the PDP for anti-party activities in the last National and State House of Assemblies election in the state. Members of the Committee who were on the trip with the chairman are former governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu, Senator Stella Omu and the South-South Vice Chairman of the party, Chief Cairo Ojougboh.

At the end of the meetings, the reconciliatory committee chairman and members praised the ex-president for his fatherly role in the crisis rocking the PDP. The committee also eulogized the governor for developing the state and for leading the party to a resounding victory in the state in the last election. The committee also urged party members to bury the hatchet and work for the victory of PDP in the governorship election on December 5.  While reminding the party men and women of the good the PDP has done to them as individual and as a state through the elevation of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to be president of Nigeria, the committee members said Nigerians will be disappointed with Bayelsans if the PDP loses the guber election to the opposition. The committee subsequently lifted the sanctions on the members after they had shown remorse for their activities and they all resolved to work for the victory of PDP. But not sooner had the committee returned to Abuja than Mrs. Jonathan and her loyalists ate their words and renewed their plot to back Sylva!

It will be recalled that the former First Lady had not hidden her dislike for Dickson and her desire to impose Dudafa on Bayelsa State, a wish that has polarised the state chapter of the party. Mrs. Jonathan used TAN to antagonise the governor in the build-up to the general election and made it look as if Dickson was working against the re-election of Jonathan.

•Photo shows Dame Patience Jonathan.

Source News Express

Posted 08/08/2015 06:38:31 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
Beware, DSS is not recruiting — Spokesman

Lagos Task Force spits fire over illegal structures...

FG pledges environment conducive for investment

Breaking News: Boko warriors throw in the towel,...

Exclusive breastfeeding, key to fight child malnutrition —UNICEF,...

Tinubu arrested twice in America over money laundering,...

Badoo on rampage in Lagos again, wipes out...

Facebook CEO to testify before Congressional Committee

Court dismisses Omisore’s bail application

Expect thunderstorms, clouds, sun and haze today —NiMET...

Pope donates $550,000 to South Sudan

Restrain military from monitoring Nigerians on social media,...


Latest News 2019: Atiku, Tambuwal, Saraki, Jang, others cross first hurdle Ohanaeze sabotaging Igbo interests — IPOB •Attacks Uwazuruike and South-East Governors Lagos APC: Controversy trails Sanwo-Olu’s alleged withdrawal Journalist sentenced to 5,000 years in prison laments ordeal 2019 Presidency: PDP may drop aspirants with graft cases FIRS to block bank accounts of 6772 corporate tax defaulters APC mulls automatic tickets for National Assembly members We’re still being kidnapped, Igbo traders in Cross River cry out FG recalls Paris Club refund for 5 states •The affected states Osun Guber Poll: Declare PDP winner to avert national crisis, Secondus tells INEC •Cries blue murder Salary Arrears: Bayelsa Government assures workers of full payment Akwa Ibom royal fathers reiterate support for Governor Emmanuel


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (397,030 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (377,027 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (308,887 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (250,840 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (232,541 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (221,771 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (200,292 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (181,809 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (165,955 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (163,502 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (158,317 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (147,013 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (63) Business & Economy (3,628) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (933) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (547) Features (653) Global Business Monitor (301) International (2,434) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (144) News (39,129) Opinion (1,111) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,747) Religion (873) Sports (1,706) Stock Watch (34) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


CBN banner

Firstmobile banner




Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin: Highlights


APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera