Ex- Petroleum Minister vows to lead battle against Patience Jonathan in Bayelsa

Dan Etete

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, has said he would lead the battle to stop the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, from meddling in the politics of Bayelsa State.

Mr. Etete, who was allegedly involved in the million dollars shady Malabu Oil Deal scandal, stated this at an event to mark his 70th birthday at the weekend in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Mr. Etete said rather than being preoccupied with her husband’s re-election matters, Mrs. Jonathan was busy planning to abort the re-election of the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in the 2016 governorship election.

The First Lady, an indigene Rivers State, has allegedly been strategising to stop Mr. Dickson’s re-election. She is reportedly rooting for the Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Matters, Waripamowei Dudafa, as the governor’s replacement.

However, in what appears a move to stave off Mrs. Jonathan’s offensive, the governor recently sacked two of her allies from his government. Those sacked were, Marie Ebikake, former commissioner for local government and Remi Kuku, special adviser on Federal Government projects.

Mr. Dickson also banned the activities of a pro-Jonathan group, Transformation Association of Nigeria, TAN, accusing its members, including a former deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Werinipre Seibarugu and Remi Kuku, of “promoting politics of subversion and needless division” in the state.

Some youth groups had also warned Mrs. Jonathan, who had last October resigned as permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service, not to accompany her husband to the state for the presidential campaign rally on February 5.

“I am using this opportunity to warn the First Lady not to make the mistake of trying to dislodge Governor Dickson to impose a thief and a criminal as Governor of Bayelsa State,” Mr. Etete said at the event also attended by Mr. Dickson.

“It is a known fact that Dickson has performed beyond the expectation of most Bayelsans, and that out of nothing but sheer jealousy the First Lady and her cheerleaders want him out to pave way for their selfish interests.”

The former minister in the administration of the late Sani Abacha, said Mrs. Jonathan was merely being jealous of Mr. Dickson’s performance as governor since 2012.

Stating that despite staying away from the state in the last 15 years, Mr. Etete said he had full grasp of the politics of the state. He insisted that at no time did it become a norm that the First Lady should dictate who governs the oil-rich Bayelsa State.

He lambasted Mrs. Jonathan for failing to appreciate Mr. Dickson’s efforts to assist her husband (Mr. Jonathan) succeed as president.

He said, “We have Governor Dickson working his heart out to galvanize support for President Jonathan’s second term in office. On the other hand, the First Lady is aligning with all the opposition elements in the state to create crisis for the young governor.

“Her aim is to return to power the same thieves and criminals who failed the state in the past, and turn back the hands of the clock for this great state,” Mr. Etete said, adding “we won’t allow such to happen”.

Also speaking at the event, a former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark, a close-ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, said “By God’s grace, I’ll celebrate my 90th birthday here in Bayelsa in 2017, during Dickson’s second term in office”.

Mr. Dickson, who expressed gratitude to Ijaw leaders for their support since he assumed office, said everyone who truly loved Nigeria should support the president’s re-election bid.

Apparently referring to Mrs. Jonathan activities in Bayelsa State, the governor said it was an irony that some people would claim to be rooting for the president’s re-election bid and at the same time causing confusion in his (president) home state.

“You can’t claim to be for Mr. President and yet be sabotaging his home state,” he said.


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  • Yemi

    May be they no treat am well for their Malabo deal. Na wa o! This woman and husband are icons of corruption

  • paul eneke

    “And they shall continue to fight themselves,so their camp shall be in dis-array.IJN amen.

  • tyson

    Etete is a pig-headed fool–I don’t think he ever made such an unthinking silly statement–He must be a coward—A He-goat to have made such an unthinking commnet to the Press-How can somebody like Etete throw caution to the wind–and talk like a 4 year old kid–‘? When two people quarrel and elders intervene, they don’t go public with their views—Dickson must go–whether he likes it or not–he is worst than Amaechi-and Sylava put together–Where are the small scale industries he created in Sagbama—-LGA—-? U cannot say u are fighting with the wife of the president—and claim to love the president at the same time———The wife of the president has nothing to do with the ongoing stealing in the state—by Dickson alone—-for that matter—–its wrong—————-this is an election period–for animals like Dickson to open the ijaw nation and the president to insults and ridicule, is an unforgivable sin–Sadly he has fools like etete who has not done a thing to raise the level of poverty in Kaima talking-also—Is Etete not rich enough to build a refinery in Bayels state?–What has Etete done for the ijaw nation since his appointment as oil minister–how many ijaws did he hire in NNPC-and-how many has he been able to offer jobs–in his entire life—? What is the difference between him and dangote–Etete made his money when dangote was nothing-IZON LAYA PUBLIC——

    • Wähala

      “A He-goat”…hahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
      So, Dan Etete is now a He-Goat after Malabu, ba? Hahahahahahaaa chei… lwmk!

      • tyson

        HE IS WORST THAN A HE GOAT— a pig—sadly he was once married to an ibo woman-after he left his oyibo wife—THE MAN IS JUST FOOLING HIMSELF–

        • Wähala

          Akpabio is married to an Igbo woman, Diezani is married to an Igbo man, a Buhari is married to Igbo… Nothing “sadly” about it, everybody wants a piece of brainy Ndigbo. Those who can’t, give their children Igbo names like, ‘Ebele Azikiwe’, to confuse others. Dan Etete is a He-Goat, but he cut a dirty deal with your uncle, Ebel Azikiwe Jona ati Bello Adoke… does that make them all He-Goats? Hahahahaaa chei, na laff for kalabari !!!

    • pheliciti

      Are you confused? ‘He’s a fuul…. He didn’t make the statement’. … which one? You better don’t give yourself heart attack, other than the payment per post they won’t share their loot with you o!

      • tyson

        WHAT IS WRONG WITH YR JANJAWEED HEAD–i expressed doubt at first then went on to say what I wanted to hammer home to his alukutu buhari like head—u are also behaving like buhari who made grade 2 in 1961 without a pass in maths–abi

    • Preye

      without etete, there wouldnt have been a bayelsa state …. and maybe no gov goodluck ….. even with all the issues attached to etete via malibu scandal, halliburton etc etc … he remains the unsung hero in the ijaw struggle … when it mattered most, he stuck his neck and saw to the creation of bayelsa state under abacha

  • King Carlos

    It’s just gettingworse for Jonathan. Nigerians might not have been lucky with leaders, but when we decide that your time is up, forget it. No amount of strategy or money can bring you back. Jonathan’s wife is part of his albatross.

    • tyson

      WAS THE TIME UP FOR AWO– WHEN THE FULANIS USED AKINTOLA AGAINST HIM–WAS AWOS TIME UP WHEN THE FULANIS USED ABIOLA AGAINST HIM-ALSO–DID AWO NOT OUTLIVE THEM ALL–THE FULANI KILLED BOTH OF THEM–AKINTOLA AND ABIOLA–AND EVEN HIS WIFE-

      • King Carlos

        What’s ur point here?

      • The Nationalst

        Awo outlived Abiola ?. Or do you mean he died as an older man ?

  • tyson

    The Igbos are mercenaries; they are there for sale. If the devil were to come today to say, I am the devil about whom the Bible and the Quran have spoken, I am prepared to give money, the Igbo will take the money and vote for him. Quote me!

    This is the verdict of a Kano State delegate to the just concluded National Conference and convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed when he spoke in an interview with The Punch’–WHAT A SHAME.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Haaaan! Wonders will never end. So, fugitive Dan Etete, the man who owned a pet lion, has finally resurfaced? He finds the cost clear enough to nominate himself for the assignment to fight women. Dan Etete, where are your balls?

  • Onike24

    Nigeria, my poor poor father land! Dan Etete is calling someone a thief? Or are there two Dan Etetes?

  • True Nigerian

    What a Presidency! What a first family! What a circle of crude unrefined thieves!
    Of a truth, the choice of Nigerians in 2011 was a terrible mistake for this country.

    Even as a President, Jonathan cannot control his wife, even when her behaviour is costing him monumental political capital in his own home state. It is a joke, a very silly joke! It is so bad that one of the most corrupt Nigerians (Dan Etete) thinks that the thieves who work with Jonathan are now so brazen to an extent which he now finds unbearable for Bayelsa, despite his own monumental heist on OPL 245.

    Dan Etete says that Mrs Jonathan’s preferred candidate (a senior assistant to the President) is a common thief and a criminal who should never rule Bayelsa. According to him, Mr President’s assistant whom Etete described as “a thief and a criminal” is simply too criminal for Bayelsa state. Yet, that same thief is the assistant to the President of Nigeria on domestic matters. And, somehow, some people still say Nigerians should re-elect such a President.

    Jonathan’s election in 2011 is a monumental mistake that should never be repeated.

  • Truthometer

    Does that mean that, there is no more honours among the thieves? It’s time for Dan Etete to take the fight to shepopotamus in the creek.

  • Maria

    Jonathan does not even have control over his own home… no wonder Nigeria is on autopilot… The mumu man is ruled by an illiterate wife.

  • BUSHMAN

    A MAN WHO CANNOT TAKE CHARGE OF HIS OWN HOME IS IN CHARGE OF OUR OWN COUNTRY.SO WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM SUCH A PERSON? SHE IS FIGHTING AMAECHI AND SHE IS FIGHTING DICKSON,AND THE PRESIDENT CANNOT CALL HER TO ORDER.SOMETIMES I WONDER WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE OF AFFAIRS.MY TAKE ON THIS IS SIMPLE.HERE YOU HAVE TWO PEOPLE, A PH.D HOLDER AND HIS BARELY LITERATE SPOUSE.BUT THIS BARELY LITERATE WOMAN SEEMS TO HAVE MORE INTELLIGENCE THAN HER PH.D HOLDER HUSBAND.WHAT IS THE MORAL HERE? IT SHOWS THAT HAVING A PH.D DOES NOT EQUATE TO HAVING THE CAPACITY TO LEAD.THOSE WHO KEEP SEE JONATHAN’S PH.D AS AN ADVANTAGE OVER BUHARI’S MILITARY QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD TAKE NOTE.IN ANY CASE MILITARY TRAINING BY ITS NATURE PREPARES ONE FOR LEADERSHIP.

  • Philex

    “Stating that despite staying away from the state in the last 15 years, Mr. Etete said he had full grasp of the politics of the state.”

    How will you not bounce bak after 15 years when Jonathan has empowered you with $1 billion?

  • Eze1

    She is overbearing

  • blueeyedkitten

    na una sabi.

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  • John Wick

    Nigeria will never get better If we don’t start killing these criminals that never get arrested and jailed. Eliminating them one after the other will solve this country’s problems. Period!

  • whales1212

    Lol

  • shade

    God is extremely funny in action. God gives and takes away,right? He killed the woman to enjoy some praise from Dr Aribisala and his congragants. Who killed the woman? God. Who was feeling important and hungry for human praise? God. Who brought the woman back to life ? God. Who was the dancing woman praising for killing and bringing her back to life? God. Dr Aribisala,why is He so praise-loving that He cares less if such praise is true or not?

  • Tee

    I concur with you absolutely on this one, sir.
    More grace!

  • KBE

    Whatever inspired the writer to write this must be for me. This message came as a balm of gilead to me. I must confess that I don’t agree with this writer many times because of his controversial opinion and personal attack on the Bible but I must admit that this can liking to God using a Balaam’s horse to speak directly to a man. All the same thank you for the timely and refreshing message. I am really blessed by the write up.