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Stop interfering with Bayelsa politics, Dickson tells Wike

By Kelvin Ebiri (Port Harcourt) and Julius Osahon (Yenagoa)
23 December 2019   |   3:00 am
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has cautioned his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike, against meddling in the politics of the Ijaw state.

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has cautioned his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike, against meddling in the politics of the Ijaw state.

The governor, who addressed the media at the weekend in Yenagoa, stated: “Wike should stop interfering with the politics of Bayelsa State. He should learn to respect his colleagues for whom he has shown scant regard.”

On the Soku oilfields which a Federal High Court, Abuja declared to belong to Rivers State, Dickson accused Wike of “merely using the disputed oil wells between the two sister states as a mere subterfuge to create disunity and ethnic disharmony in Ijaw land in pursuit of a clandestine ethnic supremacist agenda in the politics of Rivers State.”

He acknowledged that while “Soku is a Kalabari community in Rivers State, the disputed oil wells are located in Oluasiri, Nembe local government area of Bayelsa.”

The governor noted that the “Supreme Court had directed the National Boundary Commission to carry out a fresh delineation and demarcation exercise in the affected area.”

According to him, the Rivers delegation, led by the then deputy governor, Tele Ikuru, had “unceremoniously pulled out of the exercise in 2013.”

He urged the Ijaw in Rivers to sustain their age-long unity among their brothers and sisters in the two states, adding, “there was no intent to annex any part of Kalabari land and any other place.”

Dickson alleged: “The good people of Rivers State should not be prey in the hands of Wike who wants to promote disunity and hatred in Ijaw land because he is promoting an ethnic supremacist political agenda in the state.”

The governor also hinted that he would by January again visit the Amanyanabo of Kalabari, Prof. Theophilus Princewill to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Wike had threatened to dethrone the monarch for hosting Dickson in April this year in alleged breach of protocol.

But the Bayelsa chief executive however dismissed as untrue that he breached protocol during the trip.