Governor Diri, Senator Dickson Are In Cordial Relationship – Bayelsa Govt

…denies any rift

The Bayelsa State Government has denied any rift between Governor, Douye Diri and his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, describing such media reports as mere wishy-washy claims of a fictional writer.

Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayibaina Duba, while reacting to social media reports by one Ebi Jamaica, that the two political leaders are in dispute.

The Commissioner said there was no evidence and iota of truth in the writer’s claim.

He stated that instead, the two great individuals are enjoying the harmonious relationship they have built over the years.

“No evidence in Mr. Jamiaca’s bad-intentioned publication to sustain the claim of disagreement between the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, his Government, and his predecessor in office Senator Seriake Dickson. Rather, his parlous position is rooted in baseless beer parlour gossip.

“On the contrary, these two great sons of our state have continued to enjoy a harmonious relationship based on mutual respect and in the best interest of our state.

“According to the Information and Strategy Commissioner, the Government of Bayelsa State would have avoided being drawn to an unabashed and misleading piece written by one Ebi Jamaica and published on several online platforms.

He stated that the writer was creating unnecessary enmity to the effect that Bayelsa State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri is dividing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State based on some unverified and bogus assumptions.

According to Ayibaina Duba, the unscrupulous piece of Mr. Jamaica’s where he claimed that the Governor was ungrateful to those who worked for his victory at the 2019 governorship election, especially the immediate past governor, Senator Seirake Dickson, is misleading.

“Ordinarily, one would have ignored the wolf cry of Mr. Jamaica but the State Government likes to volunteer this rebuttal because the writer’s political henchman position might mislead the unsuspecting members of the public and polarize the PDP.

He stated that the Governor has continued to demonstrate good faith and is appreciative of the fingers of God used in making him Governor and eternally grateful to God for his elevation.

“If anything, it is Mr. Jamaica that seeks to divide the party along the line of the former APC members and old PDP members, loyalists of Senator Douye Diri, the Governor, and loyalists of Senator Seriake Dickson, due to his lack of tact and shallow understanding of party politics and governance.

“In the last two years, the Governor has committed to unifying the party by insisting that every party man has equal rights. He has also invested a lot of time and energy in bringing back members who defected to other parties and assuaged the concerns of stakeholders, thus fortifying the party.

“The governor has also continued to preach peace and unity among our people and succeeded at engendering convivial relationships between contending political groups and communities in the state.

“Therefore, how can any discerning person conclude that the unifying efforts of the Governor will divide the party?” He enthused.

Ayibaina Duba said Jamaica’s write-up seemed more like a classic in mischief, adding that Mr. Jamaica seems to be unnecessarily over-excited about the usual political frenzy associated with party nomination.

“If his claim of being a long-standing party stakeholder is genuine, then Mr. Jamaica should have known better. Let him and others who share his unfounded view know that there is no cause for alarm.

“Governor Douye Diri will not only continue to work for peace, unity, and wellbeing of the state, but also ensure that party politics is done in the best democratic tradition without the imposition of candidates.

“For the avoidance of doubt, in and out of politics, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri’s credentials as a man of peace who is committed to unity are well-known. He is a grateful leader. He has not and will not change.” He stated.