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PDP presidential rally: Don’t come to Bayelsa, angry youths tell Patience Jonathan

PDP presidential rally: Don’t come to Bayelsa, angry youths tell Patience Jonathan

A group of concerned youths in Bayelsa State on the auspices of Bayelsa Youth Vanguard has threatened to disrupt the PDP presidential rally of President Goodluck Jonathan in Yenagoa, the state capital, slated for February 5 if the first lady, Patience Jonathan, comes with him.

The group, therefore, warned the first lady not to accompany her husband for the presidential campaign if she continues to cause crisis in the state or face the consequence.

The warning, the group said, was sequel to what it described as attempts by the first lady to destabilise the state and fuel needless crisis and political tension in the state.

There had been alleged face-off between Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, and the first lady which culminated in her resignation as permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service.

The spokesperson of BYV, Precious Ebi Johnson, in a statement on Wednesday said the first lady would only be allowed to come to the state “unless she retraced her steps or otherwise we will mobilise against the president’s rally.”

The statement read in part: “We are constrained to issue this statement bearing this important warning to bar the first lady from accompanying President Goodluck Jonathan to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, for the presidential rally on 5th of February.

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“Our action is informed by the various steps and activities of the first lady in recent times which portend clear danger for the good health of our dear state. We note with regret the various attempts by the first lady to create crisis in the state through subterfuge or using surrogates. As things are, we want to make it very clear to her that she has to change this attitude or we will go against her coming to Yenagoa with the president for the presidential campaign. Indeed, we may be forced to mobilise against the entire rally.

“The first lady cannot come to our state to dictate for us who to support and vote for. We are mature enough to know what is good for us. Nobody should come and bribe our poor mothers and women with expired bags of rice and little change in the name of politics to mislead our people.”