Erstwhile President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has lauded Governor Douye Diri’s efforts at tackling insecurity, while noting that the Bayelsa helmsman’s re-election means the state would be a lot safer for the people.
According to reports, Jonathan, who is a one-time governor of the oil-rich state, spoke on Friday when he paid a congratulatory visit to Diri in Yenagoa, after the governor had earlier received his certificate of return as the winner of the November 11 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa.
While congratulating the governor for emerging victorious in his bid for a second term, the ex-president said if Douye had lost, the gains made in his first term from chrckmating insecurity would have been lost.
Jonathan was quoted as saying “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.
“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.
“I was saying before this election that if Diri loses this election, I would have relocated my mother to Abuja.”
While recalling how his cousin was abducted and killed, Jonathan expressed confidence that with Diri securing a second term, the securtsituation would soon be a thing of the past.
He said: “My cousin was kidnapped two times on one of those occasions, one of my cousins, Solo, was killed because they threw him into the river and he didn’t know how to swim.
“So, we’ve passed through hell in this state and we’ve seen a little light at the end of the tunnel. So, people should calm down, and allow Diri to focus on governance so that he will be able to propel this state forward so that we will benefit as citizens of the state.”