LeadersNG can authoritatively report that former Nigerian President and Chieftain of the People’s Democratic party, The PDP, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has assured the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, the APC , Mr. David Lyon of his support ahead of the November 16 governorship election.
Dr. Jonathan, a native of Otuoke in Ogbia local government was a founding member of the ruling PDP in Bayelsa State. He was picked by late Diepreye Solomon Alamieyeseigha to serve as the deputy governor. He became governor after the impeachment of his boss. In 2007, Dr. Jonathan became the running mate to late Umar Musa Ya’adua before the latter’s demise that saw him become the first Niger Deltan born President of Nigeria.
The Bayelsa politician ran for President and won in 2011. The position he held till 2015 when he was voted out of power over his poor handling of worsening security situation and his penchant for surrounding himself with corrupt Individuals.
Sources close to the former President told our correspondent in Yenogoa that Dr. Jonathan is extremely angry with the governor for not supporting his preferred candidate, Mr. Timi Alaibe, former NDDC boss to win the party’s ticket. Ordinarily, as a former president, he ought to have had an input in who becomes the party’s flag bearer but the governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson was adamant and insisted that It must be his lackey that would succeed him, one of the sources said.
An aide to the former President, LeadersNG spoke with expressed his disappointment over Dr. Jonathan’s anti-party activities. The aide emphatically told our correspondent that Dr. Jonarhan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan are rooting for the APC candidate, David Lyon.
“We are a bit shocked and dumbfounded that ‘oga’ (Dr. Jonathan) will prefer another party to win his state because of his perceived grievances against the governor. What is more shocking to us is the man in question whom our principal is supporting. How can a Democrat and peace loving person like ‘oga’ support a riffraff who understands only the language of the gun?”
The aide further lamented that it will be a great disservice to the party if the former President allows his personal interest to becloud his sense of judgement on whom he would support in the forth coming elections.
LeadersNG understands that the former president, his wife and the governor, his progeny whom he installed while he was President have been at loggerheads on who would control the party structure in the state. Dr. Jonathan believes that as a former president, the governor ought to have accorded him his due respect by allowing him to at least have an input in who becomes the party flagbearer.
Another aide of the former president who pleaded anonymity said, talks are ongoing between Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Timi Sylvia, the candidate, David Lyon and other top party officials but Jonathan is yet to take a final decision.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, LeadersNG gathered, has been conspicuously missing in all party’s meetings and he has refused to congratulate the candidate even after his emergence as the party flagbearer. The former number one citizen has equally turned down all invitations by the governor to pay him a courtesy visit for a wholesome reconciliation.
The last few weeks have been a nightmare for the People’s Democratic Party in Bayelsa over the gale of defections by top government functionaries in governor Dickson’s administration to the APC.
You would recall that similar event happened in 2014 when the former president insisted on keeping Bamanga Tukur as the chairman of the party, a decision that angered some party faithfuls which led to mass defection of five then serving governors and some lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress.
Jonathan had faced a serious crisis within his party primarily because of his assumed intention to run for another term in the 2015 election.
The removal of Tukur, seen by many as a divisive figure, was one of the demands of Jonathan’s opponents inside the PDP.
Mr. Barnabas Imakwe, a portharcourt based public affairs analyst while reacting to the crisis rocking the ruling PDP in Bayelsa says if Dr. Jonathan continues with his anti party activities, the internal wrangling within the PDP will negatively affect the chances of the party in the election.
“The party needs to urgently settle their differences, close rank and begin a wholistic reconciliation before November, hence the outcome will be disastrous for them. No house divided against itself will stand.” Mr. Imakwe quipped.
All efforts to get the former President to react to the allegation of his alleged anti-Party activities proved abortive as text messages and mails sent were not replied as at the time of filing this report.