Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan yesterday rallied former political appointees and some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson.
Dame Patience, who met with them in Otuoke Community of Ogbia Local Government area of the State under the aegis of the PDP Integrity Forum, pleaded with them to forgive perceived political anger the Governor adding that he remains the best to govern and transform the state positively.
The meeting was initiated by the group and attended by the leader, former Commissioner for Local Government, Deacon James Dugo, the Director of Publicity, Blessing Kingdom and the Director of Finance, Timi Gbendu. the Director of Women Mobilization, Mrs. Julie Okenarhe and the Director of Organisation, Embiowe Tonworitimi, among others.
Sources close to the meeting said the Dame Patience urged them to support the re-election of Governor Dickson without any reservation adding that they should eschew whatever grievances they have against the governor and unite to work in the interest of the state.
She told them that the issue at stake for the December 5 election is not about her and the Governor, but the fact that the PDP must retain the seat of governance of the state,” and stated that the development of Bayelsa state under a trusted hand like Governor Dickson is more paramount than personal anger.
She warned party stalwarts against complacency in the forthcoming council elections and appealed to them to reach out to the people at the ward, local and state levels.”
Dame Jonathan commended members of the PDP Integrity group for the decision to come together, promote peaceful coexistence within the PDP, and assure them of her total support.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator, PDP Integrity Group, Fedison Agada confirmed the meeting noting that, aggrieved party members were persuaded to sheath their swords unite and work for the good of the party and development of the state under Dickson.