The immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson, has said his decision not to interfere with the administration of Governor Douye Diri was deliberate and in line with his personal principles.
He also debunked rumours in certain quarters that he was behind the criticisms trailing the Diri administration, especially in the social media, in recent times.
Dickson, who represents Bayelsa West, in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, said he had decided before leaving office that whoever emerged his successor would have the freedom to govern Bayelsa.
He said, “No one one has a greater stake in the governor’s success than me. I am aware of the concerns raised about the distance I have kept since leaving office. This is deliberate and in consonance with my values and principles.
“While I was governor I took a conscious decision known to so many that whoever was going to succeed me was going to have the free hand to run his government with my full support. I am not one of those who believe that a Governor should be remote-controlled.
”A governor should be free to take actions and decisions to pursue programmes, projects and policies he believes in. A governor must be in charge and I have always encouraged Governor Diri to take charge and to also take responsibility at all time.
“In the process, where he deems it, he can consult stakeholders for their inputs and advice and that the governor does with me and others. This is why we did not enter into any agreement nor give the governor any condition for my and our full and total support other than to do his best for the state and the Ijaw nation and in doing so, he has our continuous support.”
Dickson further said, ”I want to advice that no one who is supportive of me, a member of our party (or who claims to be), should be publicly critical of our government. This is unacceptable.
”Having successfully led the efforts to enthrone him and his government, my job is done as a midwife. And as one elder statesman aptly put it, I have conducted myself as a midwife and not as a nurse since leaving office with that personal conviction. My prayer is that he should do better than I did in the interest of the state and the Ijaw nation.”
The senator urged the people to disregard any propaganda peddled by mischief makers “to malign me and cause needless and non existing division in the state.”