Dispute in Bayelsa PDP as Dickson battles for second-term ticket
THE alleged bitter rivalry and in-fighting within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State has led to a raging insinuations that the PDP stands the risk of losing the governorship election scheduled to hold in the state later in the year to the All Progressives Congress (APC) if it fields the incumbent governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, as its governorship candidate.
Besides the battle for supremacy among PDP members in the state, there is also a rising claim of plot by some politicians across party line to upstage the incumbent governor and the PDP during the governorship election in the state.
Governor Dickson at a public outing during the monthly transparency briefing at the state Banquet Hall said that he remains the best governor that has ever emerged in that state and that given the level of performance of the present administration, no political party outside PDP can win any election in the state under his watch as governor of the state.
While acknowledging the fact that PDP in the state has witnessed cases of defection, disloyalty by some members and series of anti-party meetings by some known PDP elective and appointed leaders, he said the political activities in the state, including outcome of elections, have shown that Bayelsa belongs to the PDP and cannot change.
According to him, the purported take-over bid by the APC or any other opposition party in the state will fail as he has announced the setting up of a special contact and mobilisation committee to take care of grievances and complaints from genuine party members in the state with a view to collapsing the overall interest of the state into one purpose.
But one Mr. Bekeapo Etifa, one of the PDP members in the state who was tongue-lashed by Governor Dickson alongside other political leaders in the state, in a telephone interview with The Guardian accused the governor of chasing shadows, noting that Beyalsans will vote Dickson out in the November election because they have discovered that he does not have the capacity to run the state.
He said all Dickson has succeeded in achieving was polarising the polity and alienating the political leadership in the state.
Etifa, who challenged Dickson to name one single political leader that is still with him besides his family members and that of his wife, said: “Dickson is fighting everybody from the First Lady to past and serving senators, legislators and all known political leaders in the state. Let him come out and point one single leader in the state that is still with him, including all those that helped him to become the governor. He is a total failure, and Bayelsans are going to vote him out.
“Mark my word, Dickson will not come back in 2016. The PDP will lose if it fields.