A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete, has called on the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, to stop interfering in the internal politics of Bayelsa State.
Ettete accused the First Lady of being “jealous” of the “exceptional performance” of Governor Seriake Dickson.
Etete, who spoke in Yenagoa at an event marking his 70th birthday, vowed to lead the fight to stop her from further frustrating Dickson.
Etete said he was surprised that Mrs. Jonathan was busy with her anti-Dickson posture when she should be preoccupied with her husband’s re-election, wondering who appointed her as ‘lord’ over Bayelsa State to determine who became governor and who did not.
Etete said: “I am using this opportunity to warn the president’s wife not to make the mistake of trying to dislodge Dickson to impose a person of questionable character.
“It is a known fact that Dickson has performed beyond the expectation of most Bayelsans, and that out of nothing but sheer jealousy, the President’s wife and her cheer-leaders want him out to pave the way for their selfish interests.”
Etete, further said that though he has been absent from Bayelsa for about 15 years, which does not stop him from understanding political events in the state. He condemned Mrs. Jonathan for her failure to appreciate the governor’s efforts to assist her husband, Jonathan, to succeed as President.
Etete said: “We have Governor Dickson working his heart out to galvanise support for President Jonathan’s second term in office. On the other hand, the President’s wife is aligning with all the opposition elements in the state to create crisis for the young governor.
“Her aim is to return to power the same thieves and criminals who failed the state in the past and turned back the hands of the clock for this great state. We won’t allow such to happen.”
In his remarks at the event, prominent Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, who was also in attendance, endorsed Dickson for a second term.