Dickson reelection campaigns begin in Bayelsa
The reelection campaigns for Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state have begun amidst fears that all is not well between the governor and President Goodluck Jonathan.
Groups and forums are being formed and sponsored by Dickson’s key aides to identify with him and drum support for his reelection.
Though the governorship election in the state comes up in 2016, Dickson’s camp believes that it is time to begin building a formidable political structure for the governor.
The intention, it was gathered, was to saturate the political atmosphere with calls for Dickson’s reelection in order to frustrate some powerful elements within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) calling for his removal.
The Commissioner for Works, Mr. Lawrence Ewrudjakpor, Dickson’s key loyalist, was said to be the brain behind the emergence of many pro-Dickson’s groups.
Over the weekend, a group, Bayelsa Youth Leaders’ Forum for Seriake Dickson, joined the increasing number of associations asking for the governor’s reelection.
The leader of the group, Oboku Oforji, said the group was formed to champion the second term ambition of the governor.
Denying that the group was being funded by an aide to the governor, he described the forum as a non-governmental organisation formed after evaluating the performance of the governor.
The early campaign, our correspondent further gathered, came against the backdrop of speculations that all was not well between the governor and President Jonathan.
The speculation became rife following Jonathan’s resistance of entreaties by the governor to visit the state and inaugurate some of his projects.
The governor has been proposing and postponing dates for Jonathan’s official visit.
The working visit was initially scheduled for March, April and finally May but Jonathan refused to show up.
It was observed that the President shunned Dickson and rather visited Governor Godswill Akpabio in Akwa Ibom state for a one-day working assignment.