Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson on Wednesday called on Nigerians to be wary of the activities of opposition political parties bent on tearing the country apart.
Dickson, who visited the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja, appealed to members of the party not to allow the opposition set agenda for the country. He said the PDP had been given the mandate by Nigerians to lead them and should not allow opposition parties to distract it. Dickson said, “The PDP as it is today is the biggest in Africa. To whom much is given, much is expected. The PDP must protect Nigeria’s unity. All other political parties are interested in weakening the centre and tearing Nigeria apart.
“It is only the PDP that has the potential to unify this country; all other parties are bent on disintegrating the country. We must manage the mandate in such a way that those that Nigerians don’t trust do not set agenda for us through the backdoor.” Dickson added that since the PDP had overwhelming majority in the National Assembly and in the state Houses of Assembly, it could also single-handedly amend the constitution. He said the leadership of the party must not allow parties rejected at the polls to impose their views on it and the majority of Nigerians, who voted for the PDP.
National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, sought the cooperation of Nigerians, saying the PDP umbrella was big enough to accommodate all Nigerians “including those with political rascality”. But the Congress for Progressive Change condemned the governor for sounding the alarm bell.
National Publicity Secretary of the CPC, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, called on Nigerians not to take Dickson’s warning of a plan to break up the country seriously. Fashakin told our correspondent in a telephone interview that a majority of Nigerians that voted for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, had been regretting. He said, “Justifiably, this is a man (Dickson) who was not prepared to become a governor but suddenly found himself on a seat he never bargained for.
“We understand his mentality. He is yet to find his rhythm as a governor. He is aware that a majority of Nigerians that voted for Jonathan in 2011 are regretting their action now. “This is because what they (Nigerians) need now is good shelter not a tattered umbrella.”