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Diri visits Jonathan as Alaibe’s suit haunts PDP

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may have snatched victory from the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Supreme Court on Thursday but a huge case lingering in court within the party could spell doom. Other groups in the parry in Bayelsa State had also left the party in the run-in to the swearing in.

In the midst of all this, the newly inaugurated governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, visited former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Business Day reliably gathered that Diri embarked on the visit late Friday night after his swearing in inside Government House, Yenagoa.

Details of the visit are not known, but it is believed to be in line with Diri’s desire to reconcile all factions in the state.

He had urged members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to be magnanimous in victory during his inaugural address on Friday.

It is also believed that the visit could be in recognition of the critical position of the former president in the politics of the state.

Jonathan was distant from the PDP during the governorship election last year and analysts were of the opinion that his posture contributed to the dismal showing of the party before Thursday’s judicial victory.

Most political watchers believe that a first major task before Diri is to appease Jonathan and other aggrieved party bigwigs who left the party in protest over what they saw as imposition of the new governor on the party.

Diri’s visit to Jonathan is also being hinged on his relationship with former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe who is still in court disputing the governor’s PDP candidature in the governorship election.

There have been efforts to get Alaibe to abandon the case without success in the past and the Friday night visit could be in further

pursuit of pleading with Jonathan to impress on him to stop the litigation.


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