BARELY two weeks after former president Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Dame
Patience formally endorsed the re-election bid of Bayelsa State
Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, indications have emerged that the former
president may have withdrawn his support for the incumbent chief
executive of the oil-rich state.
On September 8 when Governor
Dickson declared for a second term, the former president openly endorsed
him in a mega-rally at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, the state
But on Sunday, September 20, Daily Sun reliably gathered
from a major stakeholder in Bayelsa PDP that Dr. Jonathan and his wife
are now secretly sup- porting Chief Timi Alaibe, one of the 18 guber
aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC governorship primary comes up today in Yenagoa.
was gathered that Jonathan’s volte-face came as politicians upped the
ante with a wave of complex in- trigues enveloping the state ahead of
the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa.
Daily Sun learnt
that Jonathan’s dumping of Dick- son is not unconnected with his fears
that the governor may be uncontrollable and that his re-election may
spell doom for the former first family’s quest to, at least, control the
politics of the state.
The former first lady, it was learnt, is
particularly angry that Dickson may not do their bidding, hence the
support for Alaibe who is widely believed to have the disposition to
Our source claimed that Jonathan’s endorsement of Alaibe
was a fall back strategy by the former president and his wife to
forestall any possible persecution and to remain politically relevant in
case the APC upstages the PDP in the election.
gathered that the truce was reportedly brokered by ex-militant leader
and one of the major beneficiaries of the Jonathan government,
Government Tompolo. He was said to have held a lengthy meeting with
Jonathan and his wife at their Otuoke countryhome last week before
facilitating the meeting between Jonathan, wife and Alaibe on Sunday.
source said at the meeting, Tombolo laid out the strategic issues of
the forthcoming election and the need to protect Jonathan’s interest in
case the APC wins.
He said that as such, the idea of having a
Plan B which will hedge against possible persecution and loss of
political relevance was tabled which invariably led to the suggestion
that the former president should also support Alaibe, an ally of Tompolo
and long standing business partner.
It was further learnt that
as a mark of his seriousness, Jonathan donated an undisclosed whopping
sum of money as his own contribution towards the funding of Alaibe’s
aspiration, to clinch the governorship flag of his party.
The source claimed that Jonathan had earlier ex- pressed fears of persecution should APC take over the state.
Sun learnt that with that understanding and following pressure from
Tompolo, Alaibe have agreed to work with Jonathan, assuring all parties
to the arrangement that upon his possible emergence as governor in
February next year, he will respect Dame Patience, protect Jonathan’s
interest and even go a step further to prevail on President Muhammadu
Buhari not to witch hunt him.
“That is the nature of politics.
There’s no permanent enemy but permanent interest. What is unfolding is
baffling but it is true Jonathan is hobnobbing with Alaibe for strategic
political reasons. I can tell you categorically that Tomoplo as the
go-between had a meeting with him and his wife and Alaibe in Otuoke and
all the issues were well discussed. It does not mean he has totally
abandoned Dickson but based on the pressure from Tompolo, he wants to
have a Plan B and it should interest you that he actually donated some
dollars to fund Alaibe’s campaign to get the ticket. That’s the
situation but let’s wait and see”, the source said.
was also gathered that as part of his deft moves to clinch the APC
governorship ticket, Alaibe has temporarily stopped to relate with the
Sen- ate President, Bukola Saraki for fear of hurting the presidency and
the national leadership of the APC, who are believed to be behind
Saraki’s travails. Saraki is a strong backer of the former Niger Delta
Development Commission (NDDC) boss.