Dickson denies rift with Diri, restates commitment to PDP
Former governor of Bayelsa State and Senator representing Bayelsa West, Henry Seriake Dickson has denied having rift with his successor, Governor Douye Diri over the administration of the state.
Dickson, who declared this at a grand reception by leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa West at Sagbama Council, maintained that the PDP in the state remain united.
Others honoured at the event include Diri, Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ehruwajakpor and representative of Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal constituency, Fredrick Agbedi.
The former governor said he deliberately maintained a distance from the incumbent administration, because he desired to give his successor a respectable distance to operate with discretion.
Dickson told party supporters, who defied the heavy rainfall to attend the reception, that he was constantly in touch with Diri, especially on issues of development in the state.
He also recalled how the PDP emerged victorious in the last governorship election and expressed the hope that the party would continue to win future elections in the state.
Responding, Diri declared that the PDP remained the party of choice for Bayelsa people and that it would be difficult to beat the party in any election in the state.
The governor, who noted that the party was firmly rooted in the state and had embarked on projects that have endeared it to the people, urged the people of Bayelsa West to close ranks and consolidate on the party’s achievements.