Pro-Jonathan group defends booing of Gov. Dickson

Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state.

A pro-Jonathan group, the Niger Delta United for Jonathan, has issued an apology to President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party over the booing of the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, by a crowd of party supporters during the presidential campaign rally in the state.

The group said the booing of Mr. Dickson by the people of the state was not meant to embarrass Mr. Jonathan, his wife Patience, and the party’s national executives.

They described the development as a clear show of pent up frustration by the people of the state with the Dickson administration.

The Niger Delta United for Jonathan, in the letter by its National Secretary, Azibaayam Iborisi, and the Public Relations Officer, Ebimiziewe Angalapele, said in the two-page letter that the present administration in the state was the worst in terms of policy of inclusion, youth mobilization and empowerment, and was lacking in respect for human rights.

“The open and loud booing of the Bayelsa state Governor, Hon.Seriake Dickson was not a plot sponsored by anyone as alleged by Gov. Dickson, but a spontaneous show of frustration by the angry people from all the Local government areas of the state,” the group said. “In spite of the scorching sun and later the rain, the oppressed people of your state patiently waited to show you how they feel about the Seriake Dickson led administration.

“The people of the state feel bad about what happened, yet it could have been worse than that if it had not been your campaign outing, since we are seriously committed to working for your re-election. We believe that based on your own sense of fairness, you will look into the raging complaints that Bayelsa is now been run like Seriake’s family estate.

“While the Presidential rally was on, ‘Dickson’s thugs were busy invading stores close by the venue, destroying pure water sachets that were on sale, just to avoid possible stoning of the Governor.

“We cannot deny him credit for some developmental strides, but the attitude and conduct of the Governor is inimical to the unity and progress of the people of the state and the entire Ijaw race.

“Is it not irony of fate that the sponsored insults against our mother, Dame Patience Jonathan and the plans to publicly embarrass her at the event turned out to be emphatic public rejection of his administration as he was roundly booed even by those he had paid for the hatchet job?”

Mr. Dickson, in reaction to the crowd’s revolt issued a statement via his spokesperson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, maintaining that the governor’s supporters were in the majority. He accused members of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, and Women for Change Initiative as those behind the jeering.

The allegation by Mr. Dickson against Women for Change Initiative, an NGO promoted by Mrs. Jonathan and TAN in Bayelsa in the control of Mrs Jonathan’s loyalists after the visit, may yet be a signal that the First Lady may have stood her ground on replacing Mr. Dickson.

“Attempts by members of TAN and Women for Change and Development Initiative to boo and stone the Governor were drowned by the singing and drumming of pro-Dickson supporters, who were at the venue of the rally in their numbers,” Mr. Iworiso-Markson.


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  • Mr. Abdin

    It seems the house of Jona has fallen.

    • bib

      It is a house built without clue and founded on lootocracy!

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    SHAME ON JONOTHING GOODLOCK. EVEN YOUR OWN PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN STATE ARE BOOING YOU. GAME IS OVER JONATHAN MUST GO!!!

    • tyson

      Feedom of expression-UNLIKE -buhari WHO locked up journalist for PENNING THE TRUTH-ON NATIONAL ISSUES—-sent Tai Solarin to AND BABATOPE prison for asking him to tell the nation when he would hand over power-TO AN ELECTED CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT–every Niger deltans knows Dickson, Amaechi and Sylva are a disgrace to them————-AND THE NATION STATE OF NIGERIA

      • Aminu Abbas-mg

        That’s ur problem, always out of focus! The news above was about GEJ, Dickson, Niger Delta, Bayelsa, militants and Ijaw… But since u r out of point u brought Buhari’s name in it. Bcos it’s only Buhari that’s in ur front, that u r afraid of, that u must decampaing nd u must stop from being elected by all means. Go nd solve ur baboons creek idiotism and leave Buharii alone!

      • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

        SHUT UP. THAT ERA WAS WHEN SOVIET EXISTED.

  • tyson

    @WAHALA———AND HIS CO TENANTS———–HERE–

    Igbos Hated Me Because of Biafra War, and I Will Kill More Igbos To Save The Country if there is Need to do that. – Buhari on BBC Hausa Services

    Gen Muhammadu Buhari has dropped another bombshell, on the reason he has been losing election in Igboland and parts of Nigeria where Igbos are residing, stating that it is because he was involved in the Nigerian civil war.

    The Former Dictator speaking on BBC Hausa services monitored in Kaduna, said with no regrets that, “the igbos hated him for what happened during the Biafran war”. “I don’t have any regret, and at such do not owe any apology to them, infact if there is a REPEAT of the civil war again, I will kill more Igbos to save the country”.

    The APC presidential candidate, added that this was the reason the Igbos never bothered to vote for him anywhere Eastern part of Nigeria.

    It is a BIG shame, that a man that is aspiring to rule the whole country, not part of it, will talk in this manner.

    if Buhari is seriously looking to lead the country this kind of Islamist utterances shouldn’t be part of his resume.

    Beware, this man called Buhari has never, talked about PEACE, but BLOODBATH and PAIN.

    • Aminu Abbas-mg

      Buhari Buhari, Buhari chaiiii this man is making others have sleepless nights…

    • August January

      Go to hell! Bloody liar like Jonathan!

  • DecodeDaRiddle

    Please take note of the following:
    1- GEJ’s man was regarded as the worst in the history of the state by his own people
    2- The people will rather not respect GEJ because of their anger against his candidate
    3- If elections were to hold in the state, Dickson will not win because of his rating, the disdain and the opposition. But we all know that something else would have happened despite the public humiliation
    4- The first family only deserve apology letters but no regard or respect, yet some noise makers will say the president was stoned in the north…did they not stone him with their words and almost with the sachet water
    5- The same unpopular and disregarded governor, hosted ex-militants to give an undeserving statement in support of the president yet his people are not with him.
    We really need to know who leads us int the next phase of our evolution as a country.

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  • bib

    ‘ional Secretary, Azibaayam Iborisi, and the Public Relations Officer, Ebimiziewe Angalapele, said in the two-page letter that the present administration in the state was the worst in terms of policy of inclusion, youth mobilization and empowerment, and was lacking in respect for human rights.’
    But these are just few of the crimes GEJ himself has committed against the country. His include inability to safeguard life and property of Nigerians and Nigeria territory among other very serious crimes. One is not surprised how Nigerians are exhibiting their anger wherever he went. He was not spared by his kins and Kith.

  • Serving the public is not an easy thing to do, if you have ever been a course rep in college, or a student prefect in high school you’d understand, so cut this people some slack, criticism is just too much every where, passed goverment wont allow people say their mind now they re miss using the fact that they are allowed to do so now.

  • chinwe davis

    people keep saying GEJ’s administration is a failed government,can anyone point out what GMB did in his time, the so called corruption started in their time and they expect the destruction of several corrupt persons to be averted by one man, in a short period. it will surely gt worse before it gets better. God bless Nigeria, one love, vote wisely vote GEJ

  • i don’t see where all this bickering, arguing, criticism, booing is getting us, lets just put heads together and get things done. our generations to come will demand answers from us. #March4GEJ

  • Nelson David

    A sitting Governor, what for? They are not helping Jonathan at all.

  • Nelson David

    Let’s work together and put this misunderstanding behind us. GEJ is our main point.

  • nafisat

    Nigeria is paramount..GEJ is the way forward…so we march forward with GEJ till 2019.

  • uko bassey

    GEJ to Nigeria is like oxygen to a human being, the country needs you GEJ, March with GEJ till 2019.

  • ahmed

    LETS JOIN HANDS WITH GEJ AND MOVE NIGERIA HIGHER!!! #GEJONPOINT#GEJTILL2019

    • Uko akwa ibom

      kpam!!!

  • kingsley obi

    He is an exemplary leader and so far he has made us believe that the next four years will be favorable for all Nigerians……….so its GEJ till 2019

  • Dr Sam Nwiyordee

    i have to condemn the act of booing a leader in strong terms…………..but together we can make the next four years better than the last 8 years by re electing GEJ…..vote for democracy, vote for GEJ

    • Uko akwa ibom

      Looks like the most decent thing to do at this point @ Dr sam

  • Mrs benita akpan

    yes i agree with Dr Sam, together we can make this work….its GEJ all the way

  • felicia jones

    If you believe in positivity then you should trust in GEJ……..if you believe in progress, then vote for GEJ

  • Uko akwa ibom

    I think it’s a poor showing from Bayelsans but gov.Dickson should have moved early to resolve all domestic concerns before now.local bickering with mrs Jonathan didn’t cut it at all

  • robo

    I thought Dickson was used to remove ExGov Sylva? Our President should quickly resolve this ‘home front’ wahala please. Is this difficult to do?