Ex-militants intervene in Dickson, Ogunboss feud
Former militant leaders have raised a committee to resolve the dispute between Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson and one of them, Mr. Eris Paul, popularly called Ogunboss.
Ogunboss accused Dickson of working against President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election ambition.
He sent an open letter to the President, highlighting the governor’s alleged moves to scuttle his campaign.
Dickson said the ex-militant leader was angry because his administration’s intolerance of criminality ran him out of business.
Worried by the development, ex-militant leaders, under the aegis of the Leadership for Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), held an emergency meeting at the weekend in Yenagoa, the state capital.
After the meeting, LPCDI Chairman Pastor Reuben said the group raised a five-man committee to reconcile the governor and Ogunboss.
He said it was wrong of Ogunboss to have used their forum to write the President, adding that the ex-militant leader would be persuaded to embrace peace.
Reuben urged former militant leaders to beware of Abuja-based politicians, “who are only interested in creating confusion in the state”.
He said former militant leaders had resolved not to be used by politicians in the forthcoming elections, adding: “We don’t want Ogunboss to have a problem with Dickson. We supported the governor and we cannot turn our backs on him now.”
Reuben hailed the governor for appointing five ex-militant leaders as members of the 11-man committee set up to fight insecurity on the waterways.
He pledged their support for the president and the governor.
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