Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Statement while congratulating Bayelsa Governor-elect, Douye Diri, is currently causing political crisis in Bayelsa State.
The former president hailed Governor Douye Diri’s efforts at tackling insecurity, saying the Bayelsa leader’s re-election means the state would be a lot safer.
Jonathan, who is a former governor of the oil-rich state, spoke on Friday when he visited Diri in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, almost one week after the governor stormed to victory in a keenly contested poll.
While congratulating Diri for winning the exercise, the former president said if Douye had lost, the gains made in curbing insecurity would have been lost.
“We don’t want to go into unnecessary crisis in the state. Results have been declared and we believe the election was conducted. We believe the governor won the election and we plead that people should accept it and work with the governor. Let all of us support him so that the state will move ahead,” he said during the gathering.
Consequently, several loyalists of the All Progressives Congress APC have not taken it lightly the former president, and they expressed strong criticism describing his statement as biased and sentimental.