Dame Patience Jonathan, former First Lady, has caused tension in Bayelsa state in the build up to the forthcoming governorship election.
Patience is reportedly making moves to hijack the Bayelsa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
Sun reports that a group simply known as the ‘Forum For Political Freedom in Bayelsa State’ (FOPOF) accused Patience for using her unlawfully acquired wealth to fund and create a power bloc in the APC in the state, using members of the defunct Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria whom she similarly used to weaken the leadership of the opposition party in the state in the period leading up to the last presidential poll which her husband lost.
Elder Adenzi Kakarite, a leader of the group has released a statement which reads in part: ”The former First Lady is very greedy and selfish by wanting to sponsor the candidates of both the PDP and the APC, so that she can continue to milk the state dry.
”Bayelsans must rise up and resist this woman, who clearly does not mean well for Bayelsa state, because she was partly the reason for the husband’s defeat in the last presidential election; and since she couldn’t succeed at the national level, she wants to come and force a governor of her choice down our throats. No, we must resist it”.
It should be noted that Bayelsa is one of Nigeria’s seven states with its own electoral calendar due to past annulments of elections.