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I Have No Rift With Diri, I Just Maintained Distance – Dickson

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A former Governor of Bayelsa and the current Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Seriake Dickson, has denied having any rift with the incumbent Governor, Douye Diri.

Dickson disclosed that he deliberately maintained a distance from the incumbent administration as he desired to give his successor a respectable distance to operate.

It was gathered that Dickson had since stopped attending government’s functions due to the rift in the duo’s relationship over some of Diri development and economic policies which Dickson wasn’t comfortable with.

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But Senator Dickson stressed that he was constantly in touch with Diri, especially on issues bordering on the development of the state.

Dickson made his position known while speaking in Sagbama on Saturday during a grand reception in honour of leaders from Bayelsa West Senatorial District by the state chapter of the PDP.

He recalled with delight how the PDP emerged victorious in the last governorship election and expressed the optimism that the party would continue to win future elections in the state.

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The immediate past governor charged party members to shun all forms of division and support the current administration, stressing that the PDP can only be strong when it is united.

The senator lauded Diri for his developmental strides, saying he was proud of his successor.

He also thanked the people of Bayelsa West for the honour done him and other leaders of the senatorial district and pledged to continue to serve his people diligently.

Also speaking, Governor Diri said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains the party of choice for Bayelsans and would be difficult to beat in any election in the state.

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Governor Diri noted that the party was firmly rooted in the state and had embarked on projects that have endeared it to the people.

The governor urged the people of Bayelsa West to close ranks in order to consolidate the party’s achievements.

He thanked them for the honour done him and other leaders of the district and solicited their continuous support, stressing that government alone cannot deliver development to the state.

His words ”­I join all of our leaders and in particular our leader, Senator Seriake Dickson, and all of us in Bayelsa West that you thought it wise to honour to thank you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. What you have done is an honour and honour would also find you.

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“There is nothing we can do to pay you back. Only God can repay you.

READ ALSO: Dickson Says His Shoes ‘ll Be Too Big For His Successor, Preaches Patriotism

“By Gods grace, PDP is still the party to beat in Bayelsa State. Today is not for campaigns but it is a day for unity.

“Do not divide the house because you are yet to get an appointment. This is one family and we would increase in number. We have been doing that and receiving defectors and returnees in their numbers.”

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In separate remarks, the state PDP chairman, Solomon Agwana, the Bayelsa West caucus leader, Chief TKO Okorotie, Chief Fyneman Wilson and Michael Magbisa all eulogised Governor Diri and leaders of Bayelsa West for their services to people of the area.


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Edo: Those Who Defected To PDP With Obaseki Are Almost Herdsmen, Party Chieftain Laments

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Mr. Charles Idahosa, leader of the political group who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the All Progressive Congress, APC, alongside Governor Godwin Obaseki in 2020, has complained about the fate of the defectors, lamenting that they are becoming “political herdsmen.”

Idahosa states this even as the PDP is busy searching for solutions to the crisis bedevilling the party.

The former Commissioner of the state lamented that those of them who followed Obaseki to the PDP had been stranded.

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He expressed fear that they could become “political herdsmen roaming from point A to B to C because of some few greedy political lightweight “.

While admitting that the lingering crisis had negative effects on the performance of the governor in his second term, the PDP chieftain noted that the problem started when, the governor’s camp, while looking for a platform for Obaseki to actualise his second term ambition, having been thrown out of the APC, did not take into cognizance, the bad blood in the PDP.

“I concur also with that belief that the topmost delivery that Edo people know H. E. Godwin Obaseki for is missing in his one year second term. But the truth is that, when we were running from scorpions, we didn’t fully know that were bedding with snakes”, Idahosa lamented.

Idahosa, who addressed a press conference in Benin on Wednesday, said that rather than blame Governor Obaseki for the lingering crisis in the Edo PDP, the old members of the party, who resisted all moves to integrate the new entrants, should be held responsible for the crisis.

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He asserted that Obaseki had done all he could do to ensure that everyone was accommodated.

Idahosa added that contrary to the belief that Obaseki lacks the quality to live in a peaceful coexistence with political actors, as indicated in the present crisis in the PDP, said that the truth “was that before we joined the PDP in 2020, the party had been divided into factions and it is those old PDP members who are shut out that causing the crisis and not the governor”.

The PDP leader added that Governor Obaseki’s main concern was the integration of those who followed him to the PDP, adding that that was why the governor appointed only 11 commissioners out of the 21 the state normal has, with the hope that the old PDP would allow harmonisation and fill the remaining 10 slots and the remaining 218 other political vacant positions would be shared equitably.

READ ALSO: Edo: APC, PDP In Verbal War Over Obaseki’s Performance

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“The NWC of the party should do something. Edo issues would have been resolved like Benue and Sokoto States if not for the in-house crisis that is destabilising Governor Obaseki.

“The man has begged, cajoled, threatened and done all possible things to make PDD harmonies, but for personal gains with 2023 in mind, the old hawks in PDP Edo are resisting, but sooner than later, the right thing will be done”, he assured.

Idahosa explained that the rallying cry was enacted for the political liberation of the Edo people from the shackles of the godfathers, beginning with the late Chief Tony Anenih and in the last election to curtain Adams Oshiomhole, who fought Anenih as a godfather but wanted to play a godfather role.

“Today, every Edo man, particularly the Binis, have a sense of fulfilment that they dared the forces that the Godfather from threw at them I’m the last gubernatorial elections”, Idahosa submitted.

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Idahosa therefore called on the governor and all stakeholders” to stop the unnecessary suspension and counter suspension forthwith”.

On that local parlance rallying cry of “Torgba” (it must complete) and “Ogbane” (it is complete) used during the 2020 gubernatorial elections in the state to secure a second term for Governor Obaseki, the political top shot bemoaned a situation where Edo citizens translated that to mean that because they supported the second term bid of the governor, the people could now act with impunity.

“I beg the pardon of religious persons, for us: Torgba and Ogbane are sacred words too, not word to place politics with, as it would amount to rubbishing our struggles.

“Anytime it rains or when wind blows away people’s houses, they will say ‘Torgab, Omagbane nia’ (we want it complete, it has completed), or when people build on flood channel, or right of way and such illegal building is pulled down as if the governor was re-elected to come and pamper their inadequacies or encourage them to flout town planning laws and become recalcitrant and lawless”, he bemoaned.

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PDP Vice Chairman, Secretary, Others Join APC In Yobe

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State has made another ‘big catch’ as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, State Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Usman Amale, Assistant Secretary Ahmadu Biriri and others have defected to the ruling party.

Receiving the former PDP officials in Damaturu on Tuesday, the State Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, said they should be part of the movement to salvage Nigeria.

This was disclosed by Buni’s Spokesman, Mamman Mohammed in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen.

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Buni in the statement said, “APC is now a movement that is targeting the unity, progress and development of Nigeria, we are receiving high profile Nigerians from all walks of life, from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and geo-political backgrounds.

“The solution to the problems facing Nigeria lies in the political stability of the country, we should all come together to promote our unity for development.”

Buni informed the defectors that they have equal rights and opportunities like any other member to contribute to the development of Nigeria.

The former PDP Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Usman Amale said they had no reason remaining in PDP and apologised for the delay.

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“In fact, we had no reason being in PDP because our leader and Chairman of APC needs the support for political stability in Nigeria”, Amale said.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Over 5,000 defect To APC In Delta

He commended Gov. Buni for his selfless contribution to Nigeria’s growth and development,saying “You made us very proud and we are obliged to support you”

(DAILY POST)

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Rivers APC Crisis Worsens As Sen Abe Inaugurates Parallel Exco

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Senator Magnus Abe who formerly represented Rivers South East Senatorial district Tuesday inaugurated his parallel State Executive of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.

The inauguration came two days after the nationwide State congress of the APC which was laced with crisis in several States of the Federation.

The inauguration took place at the Freedom House, a campaign secretariat of Sen. Abe located at the GRA area of Port Harcourt, thereby deepening factional crisis of the party in Rivers as another faction loyal to the former governor and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi were also claiming to be the authentic APC executives in the State.

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Those inaugurated included Golden Chioma, state chairman; Mike Amakiri, deputy chairman; Inye Jack, secretary; Joy Woko, state woman leader, among others.

Speaking with newsmen after the inauguration, Chioma said their faction held the ward, local and state congresses that produced leaders at the various levels in the state, even as he called on Governor Nyesom Wike to prepare his handover note in 2023.

READ ALSO: APC State Congress: Senator Abe’s Loyalist Withdraws From Chairmanship Race In Rivers

This action has again put a doubt on the integrity of Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi’s leadership of the APC in Rivers State.

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Senator Abe and the Minister have been in a running battle for the soul of APC in Rivers State. The development cost the party the 2019 governorship election in the State.

(DAILY POST)

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