By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
Following the statement credited to Bayelsa State Â Governor, Seriake Dickson, that six years of ex-President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s presidencyÂ was a waste to the Niger Delta region, a group, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-south League, has apologised to the former president, describing the statementÂ Â as a betrayal of trust.
â€ŽThe group in a joint statement yesterday signed Â by the Chairman, Mr. Ariolu Tebidapa and Secretary, Mr. Â Akpan Ibibioâ€Ž, also said Dicksonâ€™s statement was a misrepresentation of facts and an attempt to ridicule Jonathanâ€™s achievement.Â
According to the group, â€œWe are concerned PDP members from the South-south geopolitical region who still believe in the party, and your leadership as the national leader of our great party, as well as your great achievements during your reign as president.
â€œHowever sir, we were swept off our foot with shock in the wake of a recent comment credited to non other than your own governor, Dickson, saying â€˜your six years at the presidency was a waste to the Niger Delta regionâ€™. This, we consider, as a betrayal of trust and an insult on your person considering that this is a misrepresentation of facts and an attempt to embarrass you considering your achievements nationwide and as one who was President of Nigeria and not a regional president,â€ it added.
The group likened Â Dicksonâ€™â€™s action to the parable of the talent in the Bible in Mathew 25: 14 to 30.
â€œReflecting on this story, it pictures you as that master and our regional (South-south) governors as those servants. Where you left the development of the region in the hands of these governors. And now that you are back home to settle accounts, we can see other governors giving good account of their stewardship, inviting you to commission projects and paying salaries up to date without complains.
â€œWhile that one who has refused to invest the opportunity and talent which you have given to him, has failed to Â develop his state Â and canâ€™t even pay salaries. He is the one today calling you names and blaming you for his failure even with the enormous resources at his disposal,â€ it said.
Â The group however, apologised Â to the former president Â on behalf of Dickson, while also pleading with him as a leader and father not to join issues, but rather forgive him in case he comes back like the Â â€˜prodigal son.â€™
â€œAs we all know , this period has never been the best of time for our party, so we should be mindful of black legs who may want to create further disaffection within the party in order to achieve their selfish agenda of selling our party to the ruling party at the centre,â€ the group warned.