14 January 2012
The National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abubakar Kawu Baraje has written a stinker to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega protesting the exclusion of its governorship candidate in Bayelsa state, Henry Seriake Dickson from the list of cleared candidates for the February 12 election in the state.
In the letter made available to ireports-ng.com by a top official of INEC, the PDP leadership ordered Jega to restore Dickson’s name on the list to save the party of imminent failure at the polls. President Jonathan had manipulated the party machinery to deny the incumbent governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva the party ticket to contest the election. This has led to a long drawn legal battle between the governor and the party and this informed INEC’s decision to exclude the party from its list pending the determination of the suits by the court.
Miffed by Jega’s effrontery, the party’s national leadership on Friday fired him a subtle threat which is reproduced below: