Former President Goodluck Jonathan has praised Governor Douye Diri’s work in addressing insecurity, asserting that the Governor’s reelection ensures increased safety in Bayelsa.
Jonathan, a former governor of the oil-rich state, conveyed his sentiments during a visit to Diri in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, nearly a week after the governor secured victory in a closely contested poll.
Congratulating Diri on his electoral success, the former president emphasized that if Diri had not won, the progress in combating insecurity would have been jeopardized.
Jonathan urged people to accept the election results and collaborate with the governor to move the state forward.
“We want to avoid unnecessary crises in the state. The election results have been declared, and we believe the governor won. Let’s support him for the progress of the state,” Jonathan stated during the gathering.
He emphasized the need to focus on the state’s development, particularly regarding peace and security. Jonathan highlighted improvements in combating issues such as cultism and kidnapping in the last three years.
Sharing a personal experience, he recounted the kidnapping and tragic death of his cousin, expressing hope that with Diri’s reelection, such incidents would become a thing of the past.
“We’ve been through difficult times in this state, but we’ve seen some progress. People should calm down and allow Diri to concentrate on governance for the benefit of the state’s citizens,” Jonathan added.
Earlier in the day, Diri received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second term. He is set to be sworn in for another four-year tenure next year.
Jonathan in his words:
“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.
“There should be nothing that will push the state backward. We should think about the development of the state starting from the issue of peace and security in the state which within this last period, three years plus, there are significant improvements in terms of cultism and kidnapping and so on and so forth.
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