Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has revealed that he is a father to all Bayelsans. He made the claim when Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa, visited him at his country home in Otueke.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, led APC leaders including the Governor-Elect, David Lyon to visit the former president’s home on Monday, 18th November 2019.
The minister noted that as a former president and leader of the state, Jonathan deserved to be respected and honoured by all Bayelsa people, irrespective of their party leanings.
In his words “Being a former president of the country and a past Governor of the State, Jonathan remains an asset to the state and his inputs will always be needed to advance the course of governance in Bayelsa.
As such, it was important for us to introduce the Governor-Elect to him and seek his support and guidance in building a better Bayelsa,” Sylva stated.
Responding, Jonathan tasked Lyon to put the welfare and interest of the Bayelsa people above every other issue.
Jonathan stated that as a former president of Nigeria, I am a father to all Bayelsans, hence my doors are open to all citizens irrespective of their political affiliations.
He urged the governor-elect to make the welfare of Bayelsa people a top priority and carry all of them along irrespective of the party they voted for.
In his words, "elections are over now, so I want you to see yourself as the Governor of all and not only to the sections that voted for you.
This is the way to move Bayelsa forward.
The former President was quoted as saying.
Jonathan also condemned the violence in some parts of the state during the elections, describing it as unfortunate and regrettable.
He said the nation’s democracy would never grow if the violence and irregularities during elections continued.