Former President Goodluck Jonathan has come under fire from the All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Council in Bayelsa State for his remarks regarding the results of the state’s governorship election on November 11, 2023.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and current governor, Douye Diri, was proclaimed the victor of the off-cycle election after he received 175,196 votes, surpassing the total number of votes cast for him by Timipre Sylva of the APC.
Jonathan stated he would have moved his mother to Abuja and expressed worry over security concerns that would have shaken the state if Governor Diri had not been reelected.
But the APC Elders Council denounced the remark in a statement signed by its secretary, Clarkson Ayebaepreye, characterising the former President as someone facing political midlife crises.
The article questioned Jonathan’s ability to appease his purported paymasters, who are typically his superiors, highlighting the fact that no other past president has ever held himself to such heights.
The APC elders contended that during the final three years of the PDP administration, when Jonathan’s uncle was abducted and gunmen stormed his home, Bayelsa residents had experienced both economic and physical violence.
The elders of the opposition suggested that Jonathan had to give up encouraging violence and inefficiency in the state in order to further his hazy political goals.
The statement read, “We do not know how low Jonathan can still go in his quest to satisfy his paymasters which, sadly, as a former President, were to rightly be his subordinates. Every now and then he is at Creek Haven (Bayelsa Government House) jotting orders from Diri. No former President has reduced himself to such standards.
“On the issue of violence, Jonathan remembers things differently. Bayelsans have faced both physical and economic violence in the state than at any other time during the last three years. It’s in the news, that we the APC campaigned under a hail of violence.
“Was APC in power when he, Jonathan’s uncle, was kidnapped? Was APC or Sylva in power when his house at Otuoke was attacked by gunmen? Was APC and Sylva in power when his convoy was attacked? Was APC and Sylva in power when his kinsman, Mike Ogiasa, was kidnapped and dehumanized?
“Jonathan cannot keep aiding and abetting violence and incompetence just to forward his confusing political ambitions. The only part of his politics that is clear is his personal hatred for the APC, a rookie party that upstaged him in 2015 as President.
“He should stop going around with the tag of a statesman, he is clearly neck-deep in politics. We have not forgotten that he supported Peter Obi over President Tinubu of the APC in the last presidential elections and just days to the Bayelsa State gubernatorial elections, he was hurriedly packaged to openly endorse Governor Diri and the PDP.
“Everyone is aware of his PDP by day, and APC by night politics to the extent he almost nominated the Minister from Bayelsa State, a move which failed at the final moments. If you remember our group did a press statement to that effect.”
“Jonathan should respect the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the most exalted office in our country which he has held. Some of his desperate political moves and alignments are below expectations, especially being used as a puppet by a state governor.”
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