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David Lyon’s Victory: Why The God’s Of Ijaw Nation Disgrace And Humiliates Gov Dickson



David Lyon’s Victory: Why The God’s Of Ijaw Nation Disgrace And Humiliates Gov Dickson


For those who did not follow the buildup to the Bayelsa gubernatorial elections. Governor Seriake Dickson has been a consistent critic of President Goodluck Jonathan to the extent that he said his tenure as President was a waste to the Ijaw Nation. His disrespect for the former President and the Bayelsa elders is a well known phenomenon. The entire stakeholders had settled for Timi Alaibe as a consensus candidate to take over from Governor Seriake Dickson.

Dickson was brought out of obscurity as a member of the House of Representatives and made a Governor by Mrs Patience Goodluck Jonathan and her husband (the former President). Governor Dickson decided to sidetrack them by teaming up with Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman, who detest Goodluck Jonathan to have his way in the Gubernatorial primaries by imposing his cousin Diri on the party.

“The idea is to swap positions with Diri’s deputy (Lawrence) while Diri ascends the position of the governor he Dickson contests the Senatorial seat to replace Diri’s deputy that from the same Senatorial District with him. Dickson singlehandedly pick the man to be in the Senate so that he (Dickson) will replace him after his second tenure that’s the reason why he make him (Senator Lawrence) as his cousin’s deputy. You see how greed is Dickson?

Apart from this grand deception by Governor Dickson, he deliberately disparaged the people of Bayelsa East- Jonathan’s people (Ogbia, Nembe and Brass) by referring to them as non core Ijaw people and as traitors. This whole scenario has been building up right from the Senatorial elections which was why APC won Goodluck Jonathan’s Senatorial district in the 2019 polls with his support.

All Goodluck Jonathan’s political allies and associates decamped to the APC as David Lyon is a godson of Patience Jonathan, Dr. Gooduck Jonathan did not campaign for the APC candidate unlike his wife and mother, out of self respect but his kinsmen ensured Dickson was taught a big political lesson without mincing words.

Jonathan’s polling unit, ward and Senatorial district all delivered for Lyon. Wike and Jonathan and their allies all worked for Lyon. The Irony of it all is Governor Dickson refused to reconcile and make any concessions insisting that he could win on his own. He was thoroughly trashed and disgraced .

Politics is entirely local.

In 2012 Jonathan used Dickson to remove Sylva. In 2019, Jonathan and his worked with Sylva to remove Dickson.

The PDP national leadership has embarrassed the party by undermining the strength and political sagacity of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Bayelsa State allowing the interests of an underperforming governor override the general consensus of stakeholders so as to allow for an imposition is a grave political error especially since party elders in the state had shelved their parochial interests to back the strongest candidate in the party who is capable of turning the fortunes of the party around, Timi Alaibe.

Jonathan could have insisted on any of his loyalists like Amb. Godknows Igali being the candidate but he settled for Timi Alaibe, who was a formidable aspirant and had the support of all. Obasanjo , Atiku , IBB all joined Jonathan to beg Governor Dickson and Secondus to let Timi Alaibe get the ticket but Governor Dickson will have non of that saying over his dead body. His preference was for his cousin.

Governor Dickson was never a favorite of the citizens of the state especially people from Bayelsa East (Jonathan’s people) whom Dickson consistently referred to as non core Ijaw people . Core Ijaws are apparently according to Dickson those of his relatives and friends from Sagbama/Ekeremor/Southern Ijaws of Bayelsa and the Bomadi/Burutu/Patani Ijaws from Delta State claiming that only them should be in charge of the only Ijaw state.

Comrade Kelly Gilor is a graduate of Communication Management from Delta State university (Delsu), Abraka. He believes in Justice and Equity with Good Governance. He is an activist of the Niger Delta.

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