Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has said there is no dispute between him and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Dickson, who spoke yesterday in a live media chat at the Government House in Yenagoa, criticised those aspiring for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the November governorship election. He said they lacked courage.
On the relationship between him and ex-President Jonathan, the governor said they were in good terms.
He insisted that their cordial relationship was displayed during the last state function on the Bayelsa Education Development Fund (BEDF).
Explaining the appointment he gave the former President during the launch of the BEDF, Dickson said he only pleaded with him to use his massive goodwill to attract support to the state.
He said: “I know his passion when it comes to education. In my speech, I talked about his plans for our state, and I was part of that government. He started the scholarship programme and I came and redoubled it. It was in compliment to him and in recognition of the roles he played in supporting what is good in our state. I told him that the state would like him to use his massive goodwill to attract support to us.
“That event should have shown to most people that there is no problem between us. He is my elder brother and leader, and he will continue to receive his respect, even in this transition. That event showed that we are united when it comes to what we do for our people…”
“There is no relationship that lasted longer than our relationship. There is no issue. But aides and people around make careless statements and they manipulate stories and take advantage of the proximity they have with the former President.”