Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Sen Seriake Dickson (PDP – Bayelsa West) has refuted reports of an ongoing feud with his successor and present Governor, Douye Diri, over the administration of the state.
Dickson, who declared this at a grand reception by leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa West held at Sagbama on Saturday, September 4 while noting that the PDP in the state remains united.
According to the former governor, he has deliberately maintained a distance from the Diri administration, explaining that he desires to give his successor a respectable space to operate.
Dickson, speaking to a crowd of party supporters who defied the heavy rainfall to attend the reception, stressed that he was constantly in touch with Diri, especially on issues bordering on the development of the state.
“You don’t know how happy I am when I see all of you holding the umbrella of the PDP. This was a party they thought had finished in Bayelsa. I have deliberately stayed away from the state to give the state government the opportunity to function. Please don’t allow any shenanigans or petty talks. Don’t open yourself for people at the other side to sow the seed of discord,” he said.
The senator 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.
He lauded the governor for his developmental strides, saying he was proud of his successor.
In his statement at the occasion, Governor Diri declared that the PDP remains the party of choice for Bayelsans; and would be difficult to beat in any election in the state.
He also noted that the party was firmly rooted in the state and had embarked on projects that have endeared it to the people; urging the people of Bayelsa West to close ranks in order to consolidate the party’s achievements.
“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,” he said.