- Governor Dickson's reaction to the attack of ex-President Jonathan's house has reportedly sparked up a fresh controversy
- The governor conspicuously refused to mention Jonathan's name in a delayed condolence statement released by his aide
- Ijaw leaders in the state were reportedly concerned that Dickson's reaction was an indication that he was yet to forgive Jonathan over his alleged role in the last governorship election in the state
Governor Seriake Dickson's reaction to the recent attack on former President Goodluck Jonathan's home in Otuoke, Bayelsa state, has reportedly sparked controversy.
The Bayelsa state governor had allegedly believed that Jonathan worked against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state's last governorship election.
While other dignitaries expressed concern and sympathised with Jonathan over the attack, Governor Dickson's statement concerning the incident, according to observers, opened up suspicions that the Bayelsa governor had not forgiven the former president over his alleged role in the election, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that political Ijaw leaders in the state were concerned that Governor Dickson's reaction to the incident was conspicuously delayed and when he eventually reacted, he did not mention Jonathan's name.
A statement released by his aide only condemned in "condemned in strong terms the attack on a military post in Ogbia local government area of the state".
Dickson in the statement called on the police and other security agents to ensure those behind the attacks were brought to justice.
He also commiserated with family members of the security personnel who reportedly died in the attack.
Unlike Dickson, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, put a phone call through to his predecessor to ex-PresidentJonathan, to sympathise with him over the attack on his Otuoke country home in Bayelsa state.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari reassured Jonathan of his safety and security as well as those of all Nigerians, remain the preoccupation of his administration.
The statement also commiserated with the families of the dead soldier and the injured during the attack.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former president Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Saturday evening, December 28, visited Lance Corporal Umar Umar Muttaka, at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.
The corporal was receiving treatments from injuries sustained during a gun duel with unknown assailants.
The unknown gunmen attacked the country home of Dr Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State on Christmas eve.
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