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Support Dickson’s reelection bid, Bayelsa PDP member tells Diri, demands apology to former governor

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Yenagoa—A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Ebiarede Emeli has urged Governor Douye Diri to publicly support Chief Seriake Dickson’s second term ambition as lawmaker representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

In a statement sent to mangrovepen.ng on Tuesday, Emeli stated that Governor Diri has been a beneficiary of Dickson’s benevolence.

He, therefore, insisted that Diri should show his gratitude to the former Bayelsa state helmsman (Dickson).

The statement reads in part: “It should be recalled that the former Governor now Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Henry Seriake Dickson, had been very instrumental in the career evolution of the incumbent Governor, Senator Douye Diri.

“Governor Diri served as Principal Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff to the then Governor Dickson. He would later become the member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma in the Federal House of Representatives and Senator representing Bayelsa Central respectively, and most recently, becoming the Governor of Bayelsa State against all odds with the complete backing of Dickson.

“Furthermore it is imperative that the Governor in his kind nature reciprocates every trust once bestowed on him in giving his predecessor full support in his bid to secure a second term in office.”

He urged the Bayelsa state governor to caution his aides who, according to him, are publicly casting aspersions on Senator Seriake Dickson.

Emeli who hails from Ndoro community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state alleged that the Diri-led government is “unleashing” individuals to undermine the person of Senator Dickson.

He specifically mentioned that Diri’s Technical Adviser on Information and Strategy, Barr. Jeremiah Owoupele is one of those individuals.

According to Emeli, “some unscrupulous individuals in the prosperity government have been unleashed to undermine the person of Senator Henry Sariake Dickson. Individuals Like Owoupele Perekeme could go to any length to slander the images of highly reputable people in order to assuage his edge.

“Senator Douye Diri ought to show gratitude and loyalty to his predecessor by rebuking every unscrupulous individual who derives joy in degrading the person of Henry Seriake Dickson.”

Emeli said the Diri-led state government should tender an apology to Dickson to atone for the ill comments made by those he described as “ungrateful individuals” in the self-styled prosperity government.

He described Dickson as an accomplished politician, noting that the former governor deserves respect, loyalty and support for his achievements as governor and as a person.

He also urged the Bayelsa state governor to form an unbreakable alliance with Senator Seriake Dickson for a greater and better Bayelsa.

“I call on our miracle Governor, Senator Douye Diri, to harken to the many voices of the people of Bayelsa west and openly show complete support to the man of the people, rather than keep mute over this situation.

“Governor Douye Diri and his predecessor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, need each other equally for a greater and better Bayelsa.

“Both men together will be like having an unstoppable force and an immoveable object together in one page,” he noted.

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Buhari has reduced insecurity in Nigeria, says Tinubu

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England—The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari, has reduced the insecurity challenge he met on the ground in 2015.

Punch reports that Tinubu said this during an interview with BBC, which was published on Tuesday.

Questioned about how he would tackle insecurity, considering it has persisted, Tinubu said, “It has reduced. I will defend him.

“Then, 17 local governments and about four states where we had flags of foreign jihadists in Nigeria. That is no more. That is long gone.

“To start chaos is easy. To bring normalcy and redecorate is more difficult. Here we are, Buhari has degraded but not completely eliminated ISWAP.

“They will talk briefly of lethal weapons and ammunitions and technology equipment that could have helped with the clean up of those.

“The West is yet to feel comfortable enough with a Buhari administration to sell us the arms and technology necessary.”

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People want to use me to make money—Tinubu explains why he snubs debates

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London—The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said those inviting him for debates are only trying to use him to make money because he’s a marketable individual.

Channels Television reports that the former governor of Lagos State said this at Chatham House in London on Monday, barely 24 hours after he snubbed a town hall meeting attended by three other candidates in the 2023 presidential race.

Fielding a question from the audience on why he snubbed debates, Tinubu said, “I see myself as a marketable individual. You want to use me to make money and I’m saying no.”

On controversies surrounding his age, school and time in the private sector, he said, “At the time of birth, I was dated March 29, 1952, in the family record. Then, I don’t think I had decided to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not even that I would go into politics.

“I’ve had a very good record in life. My record is consistent in the university they questioned. They’ve now confessed that they wasted their money and their time. The record is there, and the transcript is there showing March 1952.

“I’m not claiming another father, I’m Tinubu and Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could as well request for one.

“One of them was even accused of not being a Nigerian citizen, I didn’t touch that area.

“Equally, it remains the same. Chicago State University where I graduated has attested to that. Now, I can announce that I have received my original replacement degree certificate from them.

“Deloitte trained me as an accountant. Mobile Oil has attested to my outstanding record. I got to the pinnacle of my career in the private sector. Who among them can brag about that?

“Yes, you want to wrestle with the pig, you’ve got to live with the dirt. That’s what I’m doing. I got into politics knowing fully well that it is muddy water. Smog will come, and you will have to live with the dirt and make sure you are upright to finish the job.”

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Dogara joins PDP from APC after declaring support for Atiku

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Abuja —Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Channels Television reports that Dogara was received into the party during the presidential campaign by the party’s presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in the nation’s commercial capital, Lagos State.

This comes 48 hours after a group led by Dogara, the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum adopted Atiku as the preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

On December 2, the group consisting of Christian and Muslim religious and political leaders in the north said after evaluation of all the presidential candidates, Abubakar is “the best”.

“It is evident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heading for implosion and extinction; hence, it cannot be the party for now and in the future, because of its rejection to embrace inclusiveness in a diverse country like Nigeria. After the 2023 elections, APC may be dead and buried as a political party,” the group said.

“While the duo (NNPP and LP) may emerge as strong contenders in the political arena in the future, from all indications, PDP appears to be the best option to adopt and support.

“All it takes is to sustain and tackle some of the problems and challenges this country faces.

“Certainly, with proper consultations and inclusive appointments, which is mindful of the federal character principle with a sincere consideration of diverse issues such as religious affiliation, geographical location, and ethnic identity, which many believe will enhance justice, fairness and equity, after a careful evaluation of all the issues highlighted above, we now recommend the adoption of the PDP to all lovers of democracy in Nigeria for the 2023 presidential election,” the group said.

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