Former president Goodluck Jonathan and the governor of his home state, Seriake Dickson, are reportedly at loggerheads over the forthcoming election.
The duo’s relationship has long been soured but further crack emerged following the Peoples Democratic Party primary in the state where they supported different candidates, the Nation reportedly.
On account of the party’s primary fall-out, Jonathan is said to be supporting some candidates in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Advanced Democratic Party (ADC), among them, former Chief of Staff to ex-Governor Timipre Sylva and APC House of Representatives candidate for Ogbia Federal Constituency, Samuel Ogboku as well as ADC senatorial candidate for Bayelsa East, Senator Nimi Bariagha Amange.
The paper wrote that Jonathan opted to support the two candidates and the House of Assembly candidates in his zone following the humiliation of his preferred nominees at the PDP primaries.
But some leaders and major stakeholders in Bayelsa State have also threatened to work against the presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar if the ex-President continues to engage in what they perceive as anti-party activities.
“The ex-President wants to make a point that contrary to the governor’s claim that the state is firmly under his control, he is not on ground.
“While Jonathan is fighting the PDP candidates in the home front, he is mobilizing support for Atiku and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi.
“In fact Jonathan is believed to have nominated Obi for VP.”
But the Bayelsa leaders and stakeholders have also decided to abandon Atiku as “a pay back to the former President for sponsoring opposition candidates against PDP.”