- Senator Seriake Dickson has cautioned PDP members to respect Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state
- The former governor said an attempt to criticise Diri is an attack on the PDP government
- Dickson noted that the lopsidedness in Diri's appointment would be resolved
Seriake Dickson, a former governor of Bayelsa state, has warned his supporters and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop criticising his successor, Governor Douye Diri, in public.
Premium Times reports that in a statement he posted on Thursday, March 4, on social media, Dickson said such criticism was unacceptable.
He said an attack on Governor Diri was an attack on the government and the PDP.
Dickson, however, acknowledged complaints of non-inclusion of some PDP stalwarts who had worked with him (Dickson) in Diri’s government.
The former governor gave an assurance that the issue was going to be addressed by Diri.
“My attention has been drawn to some statements in the social media by Dr John Idumange, an ardent supporter and strong member of our party, openly criticising the senator Douye Diri-led prosperity government.
“My attention has been drawn to some statements in the social media by Dr John Idumange, an ardent supporter and strong member of our party, openly criticising the Senator Douye Diri-led prosperity government."
Dickson called on the governor to take steps to unite the PDP in Bayelsa.
He said he had taken a decision not to influence the decision of his successor, adding that he believes a governor should take charge of his government without being remote-controlled.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that former president Goodluck Jonathan met with the party’s reconciliation and strategy committee as part of efforts to resolve the internal crisis within the PDP.
It was reported that the party had last year appointed former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to head its national reconciliation committee.
The committee also has a one-time Senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim, and ex-governor of Cross River state Liyel Imoke as members.
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