Mimiko to lead 12 govs to Dickson’s declaration


As the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, makes his formal declaration for a second term on Tuesday, the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, will lead 12 other governors to the event, .

It was also learnt that former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, will attend the event as their first public appearance since they left office in May this year.

It was further learnt that governors, who were mainly those of the Peoples Democratic Party, would arrive in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday to hold a special meeting of the PDP governors scheduled to take place at the Government House.

The meeting, it was learnt, will precede the day of declaration, where far-reaching decisions are expected to be taken not only on the current situation in the party as it repositions for the future but also on the common agenda for the governor’s declaration and success of the campaign.

Our reliable source revealed that the Director-General of the PDP Governors Forum, Osaro Onaiwo, was sighted at the Government House in Yenagoa on Sunday meeting with ranking government officials to finalise arrangements for the governors’ meeting on Monday.

The source, who did not want to be named, said, “From the look of things, the PDP governors are set to storm Yenagoa in full force. You know Bayelsa State holds a lot of significance for the PDP as a political party.

“ It is not just a state to be retained but you will also realise that it is the home state of former President Jonathan. So there is so much at stake and they are determined to make the governor’s declaration a show of its own.

“I think the PDP governors want to send out a strong signal of their readiness to keep Bayelsa firmly in the grip of the PDP and as such their presence will be felt on Tuesday in Yenagoa.”

However, another source said on Sunday that it was still not clear if Dame Patience Jonathan would be at the event.

The source, however, pointed out that both Patience and her husband were fully behind the re-election of the governor.

Activities at the headquarters of the Restoration Campaign Organisation, the governor’s campaign body, in the Opolo area of the state capital, were also in top gear on Sunday as officials said they were ready for the campaign.

An official at the campaign office, Mr. Samuel Beke, said all arrangements had been concluded to begin a state-wide campaign.


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