From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
Governor Douye Diri has denied any rift with his predecessor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson.
Diri, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabarah, accused some unnamed persons of trying hard to cause friction between himself and Senator Dickson.
He noted that he had chosen to ignore the plot of those individuals, adding that his responsibility as the governor is to unify the people of the state and galvanise them towards development.
The statement read in part: “In recent weeks, following the rise in political activities, some individuals and groups have engaged in spinning all manner of narratives, based on their own assumptions.
“It is discernible that their intention borders on mischief to create a perceived and imaginary wedge between me and my predecessor in office, Senator Seriake Dickson, on one hand, and within our political family in the Peoples Democratic Party, on the other.
“Deliberately, I chose to ignore such feckless, but obviously sponsored reports, largely on the social media space and online platforms.
“Consistent with my character, temperament and governance ideals, I have restrained and directed my media aides from joining issues or responding to some of these spiteful reports.
“One of my responsibilities at the helm of leadership in Bayelsa State is to engender peace and to unify our people as the irreducible catalyst for good governance and development of our state.