by Tolu Orekoya
Voicing his distrust of the opposition parties in Nigeria, Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson warned Nigerians about potentially destructive activities of the opposition parties in the country, worrying that they may want to tear the country apart. Dickson made his remarks while attending a meeting of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja.
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,” reported the Punch.
The governor also spoke about the sweeping powers that the PDP party currently holds, saying that it could “single-handedly amend the constitution” due to the fact th it has a majority in the National and State Houses of Assembly.
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.
In his speech National Chairman of the PDP Dr. Bamanga Tukur, sought to point out PDP was welcoming to all, “including those with political rascality”.
In a phone interview with Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) national publicity secretary Rotimi Fashakin, he castigated Dickson and suggested that many Nigerians regretted voting for the president, and said there was no plan to break the country up.
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.”