NEDU MARK, Yenagoa
A frontline political group in Bayelsa State canvassing re -election of Governor Seriake Dickson for a second term in office, the Restoration Legacy Network (RELNET), has faulted the sudden change of mind by Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, to support the governor’s political ambitions.
In a statement jointly signed by its Coordinator-General, Sidney Olotu and the Secretary, Alaowei Okubotin, the group expressed worry over the real intentions of the former First Lady.
“Are they genuine or are we headed back to the dark old days when the State Government Treasury was seen as an extension of her personal safe?” the statement read.
Governor Dickson who is seeking re election publicly declared his intention to contest the governorship election, at a rally which held at the State Sports Complex in Yenagoa, the state capital.
While declaring their readiness to work earnestly for the realisation of the second term bid of the incumbent governor under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the leadership of the group, said the antics of the former first lady, Mrs Jonathan, is a potential danger which if not nipped in the bud may send the state back to the dark old days.
The group however used the opportunity to caution Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, to be careful how he relates with the former first lady, noting that her sudden turn around and support will not add any value to his electoral fortune.
While also advising the governor to remain steadfast as he is already commanding the needed followership that will secure victory for him, they warned Mrs Jonathan to stay away from the Dickson campaign and allow the Restoration team focus on the job of enlightening the Bayelsa electorate.