the ex-President’s wife Patience Jonathan still has some power she is
trying to wield in Bayelsa state.
A group called ‘Concerned
Bayelsa Elders’, has warned former President Jonathan to call his wife,
Patience, to order or risk political crisis in Bayelsa State.
The leader of the group,
Ebeletimi Wilson, said this while addressing journalists in Lagos.
According to a statement
released on Tuesday, the group said Patience, was still scheming to ensure that
the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, does not emerge governor next year.
According toPunch, he stated that now
that Jonathan has relocated to Bayelsa State, Patience is attempting to use her
supporters in the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria to frustrate Dickson.
Wilson emphasized that if Jonathan
did not handle the situation well, he might end up losing Dickson’s loyalty
just as former governors Rotimi Amaechi and Timipre Sylva abandoned him.
“What exactly does Dame
Patience Jonathan want? Dickson has proved to be a performing governor as he
has within three years transformed the state in the areas of infrastructural
development and security. This initiative has changed the fortunes of the state.
“Jonathan should be able to
call his people to order because we know that his inability to call his people
to order resulted in the eventual face off with Timipre Sylva and Rotimi
“Our appeal is that, as the
leader of the state, Jonathan should encourage Dickson for succeeding in
keeping the Peoples Democratic Party united in the state,” he said.
Wilson said if Jonathan doesn’t
react to it then it would be assumed that he and his wife are plotting to
ensure that a former commissioner, Waipamo-Owei Dudafa, emerges the next
governor of the state claiming that Patience’s clique and preferred candidate
were the ones frustrating Dickson’s administration.
“Why should ex-President
Jonathan keep mum while his wife fuels crisis in the state just because she is
not getting her way? It is very disappointing. Her aim is to turn Bayelsa into
a crisis-ridden state like what she encouraged in Rivers State, but thank God
Dickson has been tactful.
“It is ironical that she has in
the last three years been the main opposition in Bayelsa State, intimidating
the people and even security operatives,” he stated.