By Ahmed Abubakar
The Bayelsa state government has described as a deliberate propagation of falsehood and the handiwork of mischief makers, reports in some sections of the Nigerian media attributing the recent minor cabinet shake up in the state to rifts between Governor Seriake Dickson, President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan.
Contrary to the reports, a Government House statement issued to Peoples Daily and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa state Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson stated that, having been in the saddle for nearly 3 years and knowing that this is an election year, the governor decided to effect the shake-up to inject new blood into the system, to bring about the needed changes to impact more positively on the people of the state.
A statement announcing the changes read: “In furtherance of his commitment to deliver more robustly on its administration’s restoration agenda, Governor Seriake Dickson has stepped up efforts geared towards re-organizing the machinery of the government”.
The statement notes that, this is not the first cabinet shake-up under the Restoration Government of Hon. Seriake Dickson and this will surely not be the last, as it will be a continuous exercise, intended to ensure a more robust delivery of the dividends of democracy to Bayelsans.
The reports are clearly the handiwork of mischief makers and politicians, who have failed in their bid to win elections and resorted to propagating falsehood to gain undue relevance as well as cause disaffection between the Bayelsa State Governor and the First family.
It is therefore, totally untrue that, the Governor, who led the Bayelsa delegation to attend and honour the first family on the occasion of the traditional marriage of the President’s niece, will now turn round to direct political appointees not to attend the same event.
Governor Dickson has always maintained a close relationship with the first family, contrary to the unfounded rumours and insinuations being peddled in the media by this group of failed politicians and their collaborators.