Governor Dickson has no power to eject us from Bayelsa – TAN

FILE PHOTO: TAN's maiden rally in Awka mobilizing "Nigerians Demand..." for Goodluck Jonathan to declare for 2015 Presidency... Photo Credit: Tranformation Ambassador of Nigeria

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, in Bayelsa State has expressed shock and disbelief at a statement credited to Governor Seriake Dickson, directing TAN and support groups to leave the state.

In a statement issued in Yenagoa on Saturday, and signed by Nathan Egba, the Director of Publicity for Bayelsa, TAN noted that the directive was regrettable.

“We are shocked because we find it hard to understand how an elected governor of a state would make such a statement in a democratic setting, as we have in Nigeria.

“There is nowhere in the Nigerian Constitution that gives any governor such powers.

“TAN in Bayelsa is however, aware of plots by some over-zealous government officials to portray groups such as TAN, Women For Change Initiative and others in very bad light.

“These officials make it appear as if these groups are against the state government.

“We wish to re-assure Governor Henry Seriake Dickson that TAN is ready to co-operate with his government in carrying the message of Mr. President’s achievements and need for re-election to every nook and cranny of the state,” TAN said.

TAN urged its members and supporters to remain resolute and focused at success in the polls since the Presidential election is less than a month from now.

Mr. Dickson had on Friday ordered TAN, to leave the state and cease campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election, in what appeared a battle between Mr. Dickson and loyalists of the president’s wife who are in charge of the organization in Bayelsa State.

The decision seemed a fallout of deteriorating relations between the governor and Mrs. Jonathan.
Mrs. Jonathan had earlier resigned from her position as permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State civil service.

Last week, the governor fired three loyalists of the first lady from his cabinet, accusing them of disloyalty.

Mr. Dickson however denies any rift between him and the First Lady.

TAN had for several months staged massive rallies in support of Mr. Jonathan long before the formal kick-off of electioneering in the country. At the time, the group claimed it was campaigning to convince Mr. Jonathan to seek re-election.

In a press statement Friday signed by his spokesperson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Mr. Dickson said the activities of TAN have outlived their usefulness.

The governor also alleged that TAN and some members of its top hierarchy have become tools of subversion, creating needless rancour, acrimony and divisions, stressing that the government and the PDP in the State will no longer tolerate their actions.

He noted that the activities of TAN and the other groups, if not checked, could be counterproductive, especially with the presidential and other elections, only a few weeks away.


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  • Spoken word

    It looks like the only thing TAN has been transforming is their pockets.

  • tyson

    Dickson is playing with fire–Bayelsans have spoken–go go go–Dickson go period–U have failed the people. it has nothing to do with the first lady–the people do not want u anymore–so stop playing into the hands of the Boko Haram people tormenting the people of the Niger delta–most especially Bayelsa——–if u want the rule of the Night soil men go and join Amaechi—Rather than use yr head–u want to join Sylva-in fighting the president–u know u will fail in such a venture–u will be the loser in Bayelsa state-Nonetheless my plea to u is for u Dickson not to try such rubbish-cause u will live to regret yr action-

    • Lawrence Aje

      Tyson, true to the symbol of your name it is might and action but today world people don’t deliver political power through punches and might, rather, this is better achieved through powerful reasoning, resounding public opnions, fusion and cooperation with others, collaboration tactics and integration. If you unwisely push the state government and the state chapter of the party out and leave the ardous task of Mr President’s reelection bid in the hands of chalatans, even if the state government and the local party chaperone did not work for opposing political parties the President will only be daydreaming of winning election in the state, now if the state government and the party local chapter collaborate to work with another political party, the president will never recover from the sundry electoral defeat that will follow suit. The president’s home state matters to him so all of you emotional supporters of GEJ reelection must be guide by good reason ingredient rather than wanton display of unintelligent arogance.

    • Hk

      Bros Bayelsa has less than 500,000 registered voters, the lowest in Nigeria. You cant afford politics of hatred towards the ‘boko haram people’ as you labelled the North. Jonathan needs their 38 million votes. Take it easy.

  • Adoki Achine

    TAN said their mission was to persuade the president to contest again, now the man has agreed to contest. I thought they should simply be happy and go home. So what is their own problem again?

    • King Carlos

      Lol

    • Double U

      I taya o