Dickson Is A Political Strategist – Diri

Dickson Is A Political Strategist - Diri
Dickson Is A Political Strategist - Diri

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, travelled down memory lane with his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, on Monday, characterizing the latter as a political strategist.

Diri made this statement while hosting the Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District at his hometown of Sampou, Kolokuma/ Opokuma council.

Except for one, the governor recalled how both of them began their political careers by working in previous civilian governments in the state.

In a statement, his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, reported the governor as saying that their long-standing friendship was based on a brotherly affinity.

Diri emphasized that his predecessor had always played a key role in his political achievements, recalling that his first elected post as a member of the National Assembly came under Dickson’s leadership.

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Dickson further said how his smooth transition from the House of Representatives to the Senate and then to the governor of the state was made possible because he believed in his ability to build on the state’s legacy.

He said: “Dickson and I have known each other long before the creation of Bayelsa State (in 1996). We had been involved in Ijaw activism in Port Harcourt and later served in other administrations in the state.

“Like he (Dickson) rightly mentioned, it is only in one administration both of us did not serve in this state. And we never knew he would become governor but because that was his destiny, it came to pass.

“The kind of relationship we share is cherished by both of us. I recall when we were looking for who to contest the House of Reps seat for our party. While I was busy looking for the right person outside, he was in his office doing same thing. Finally, he decided and told me that those around him have pointed to my direction to represent Yenagoa/ Kolokuma/ Opokuma Federal Constituency. That was how I started the journey to the National Assembly.”

Dickson stated that he came as part of the Yuletide festivities to pay tribute and solidarity to the state’s number one citizen as a symbol of respect, as well as to return the governor’s earlier gesture when he visited him at his country house in Toru-Orua village.


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