Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has denied claims of a rift between him and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
While speaking at a live media chat at the Government House Yenagoa, the governor maintained that the relationship between him and Jonathan was cordial.
Dickson that people capitalised on his busy schedule, as well as that of the ex-President to create the impression that there was a rift between them.
He said: “The participation of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is my elder brother and leader in the Bayelsa Educational Development Trust Fund last week is a proof to the healthy relationship we have.
“Certain interests capitalise on the busy schedules we have to create the false impression that there is a rift between us.
“We cannot abandon our other duties to be addressing the press always to say that there is no problem. That in its self will mean that there is a problem.”
He continued: “I was attorney-general in Dr. Jonathan’s cabinet in Bayelsa State during his tenure as Bayelsa State governor. His commitment to education was legendary and we consolidated on his achievements in education.”
“He is my elder brother and leader and he will continue to receive his respect. Even in this transition. That event shows that we are united when it comes to what we do for our people.
“There is no relationship that had 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.
“I will sit down with former President Jonathan. When I am ready I will visit him and we will compare notes. I have his support. The bottom line remains that I am in charge of governance. There are many people I will sit down and rub minds with.”
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