A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete, has warned the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, to desist from meddling in the internal politics of Bayelsa state.
He also accused the First Lady of being “jealous” of the “exceptional performance” of Dickson with a promise to lead the fight to stop Mrs Jonathan from further sabotaging the efforts of the governor.
The former minister spoke at the weekend in Yenagoa during an event to commemorate his 70th birthday.
Etete expressed surprise that instead of clearing the path for her husband’s re-election, the First Lady had preoccupied herself with a mission to remove Governor Dickson from office.
He wondered when it became a rule that Mrs Jonathan should determine who becomes governor and who should not.
Etete said, “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.
“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.”
At the event which had Governor Dickson and prominent Ijaw leader and First Republic Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, among others in attendance, Etete stated that his 15-year absence from Bayelsa had not blocked his understanding of political events in the state.
He carpeted Mrs Jonathan for failing to appreciate Dickson’s efforts to assist her husband Dr. Goodluck Jonathan succeed as president.
“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,” noted Etete, stressing, “we won’t allow such to happen”, he stressed.
Also speaking, Chief Clark endorsed Governor Dickson for a second term.
“By God’s grace, I’ll celebrate my 90th birthday here in Bayelsa in 2017, during Dickson’s second term in office,” prayed the octogenarian.