There's no rift between Dickson and I -Jonathan

...During the visit

Contrary to speculations of a rift with the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, former President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed the existence of any leadership tussle between them.

The former President stated this on Wednesday when Governor Dickson paid him a condolence visit in his Otuoke home on the passing of the Paramount Ruler of Otuoke Community, HRH King Lot Justin Ogiasa.

Dickson, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, said he is part of the Ogiasa family and, by extension, the Otuoke community of Ogbia Local Government Area.

''We are here in full force as we have always done to commiserate with you, my elder brother, leader and the Ogiasa family in this hour of bereavement. We pray God to grant the Ogiasa eternal repose,” he said.

The governor, who dispelled rumours of any rift with the former president, said in and out of office, Jonathan would continue to remain his leader, having come a long way with the former president.

He therefore called on those who want to cause imaginary differences between him and Jonathan to sink their plans.

"Both of us have come a long way. My personal political story cannot be complete without talking about my elder brother, Jonathan. He also knows that I made little contribution that is recorded in the political chapter of his life,'' he said.

Dickson noted that both Jonathan and he are not running for any office and wondered why political jobbers are bent on destroying their good relationship.

In his remarks, Jonathan thanked Dickson for the visit and denied the existence of any rift between them.

While describing politics as some game, the former president said some people are using politics to create crisis.

"There is no way I can sit anywhere and plan evil against Bayelsa or the governor. When I was dreaming of becoming a governor, Dickson was among the very few in the meetings we were holding. Although he was not in PDP, he opted to help. He said he didn't want to be in the PDP but I virtually forced him to join PDP.

"When I became governor, I appointed Dickson Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General and that was how he became a PDP member and later became a member of the House of Representatives and so on. There is no way I will break my relationship with the governor,” Jonathan stated.
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