Elder statesman Edwin Clark says recent media reports of a rift between former President Goodluck Jonathan and Bayelsa Gov. Seriake Dickson are mischievous.
Clark, who is the National Leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), made this known in a statement in Abuja.
He said that reports making the rounds on the rift were meant to cause disaffection between the two and to create tension in Bayelsa.
â€œIn the past few days, the media have been inundated with stories about a so-called rift between a former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and the Governor of Bayelsa.
â€œAs a father to both of these important Nigerians, I categorically want to state that these reports are the handiwork of fifth columnists.
â€œIt is the handiwork of persons who are deliberately out for mischief by creating disaffection between these two sons of mine.
â€œAs we all know, Jonathan has continued to maintain a fair level of dignified silence as expected of a statesman and he is working assiduously towards ensuring peaceful development of this country.
â€œLately, he became an acclaimed global citizen and international statesman with presence in almost all the continents.
â€œThis is obviously a source of envy and discomfort to some who are now the purveyors of these stories of supposed rift.â€™â€™
The elder statesman further noted that Dickson on his part was working assiduously to see to the development of the state and had no time for such frivolities.
â€œAs can be attested by Retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Prof. Wole Soyinka, acclaimed writer, and Prof. J. P. Clark, following our recent journey to Bayelsa, Dickson is doing a great job.
â€œHe is investing heavily in the education sector. He had declared a State of Emergency in Education since 2012.
â€œSo, the revolution taking place today with free education at both primary and secondary levels with free boarding and free uniforms are unprecedented.
â€œWith such footprints and other developmental strides, these stories of rift are deliberately intended at distracting him.
â€œThey are also meant to create tension in a state that is today adjudged as one of the most peaceful in the country.
â€œAll through our stay of about one week, no incident of security threat or violence was recorded.
â€œAlso during the period, PANDEF held its General Assembly, which was attended by over 150 delegates from across the Niger Delta Region.â€™â€™
Clark also said that the alleged threat of impeachment of Dickson was only a rumour, adding that the relationship between the legislature and the executive in the state was cordial.
He urged the general public to disregard the reports, describing them as â€œnon-existent talesâ€™â€™. (NAN)
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