The 12 governorship candidates, who allegedly stepped down to support Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State during the February 2012 governorship election in the state have given the governor a two-week ultimatum to honour their gentleman’s agreement or have their relationship with him severed.
The 12 aggrieved aspirants, who rose from a meeting in Yenagoa, lamented that Dickson had refused to keep his part of the agreement, which he willingly reached with them before the election. The candidates had on the eve of the election created ripples when they adopted Dickson as their sole candidate.
The aspirants under the aegis of the Committee of Bayelsa State Governorship Candidates 2012, said they abandoned their ambitions to endorse the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate after he promised them unity government. Chairman of the group, Chief Shagamu Eberiye, said going by the pact, Dickson had promised to make them his advisers after the election, a promise which he never fulfilled.
Eberiye lamented that Dickson’s aide on Inter-party Affairs had continued to make jest of them for no just cause. He said the neglected agreement had made it difficult for them to react on what he referred to as many “misgivings and deficiencies of Dickson’s administration”.
“The pact was entered into before the election. The governor met with all other governorship candidates including me. He personally came to my house. It was in one of my rooms that he pleaded that since President Goodluck Jonathan was from the state and that if we have misgivings about the PDP and voted against him, we would end up disgracing our brother at the national level.
“He said since we were all governorship candidates, we were in a better position to advise him on where he would go wrong. But since after his election and swearing-in, the man has not found it worthy to contact us for any advise. He doesn’t reply our text messages and he doesn’t answer our phone calls.”