Bayelsa: Goodluck Jonathan speaks on Douye Diri’s victory


Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has sent a congratulatory message to Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was sworn in as Bayelsa state governor following the verdict of the Supreme judgment which sacked David Lyon as governor.

Jonathan in a Facebook post on Friday, February 14, urged the new governor to take up the responsibility of building hope and sustaining peace across the state.

He also reminded Diri that he is the governor of all Bayelsans and should use the opportunity to build bridges of unity based on fairness and justice.

Jonathan said: “Your journey to Creek Haven is a divine one, so I advise you to use the position to do good to humanity and pursue the development of the State in order to write your name in gold.

“You have worked with me before as a commissioner, so I am without doubt that you will live up to the expectations of our people.”

He also urged all Bayelsans to be law-abiding, peaceful and embrace this transition in all sincerity, and work together towards a united and prosperous state.

Earlier, The Herald reported that suspected members of All Progressives Congress (APC) have attacked the residence of Senator Douye Diri over the Supreme Court Judgement which ousted the candidate of APC, Chief David Lyon on Friday.

The suspects, who had earlier barricaded the streets of Yenagoa in protest of the judgement, later went violent destroying property of some PDP chieftains.

The Herald gathered that they destroyed the windscreen of cars packed at the premises of the governor-elect, doors and windows at the residence.

It was learnt that the people who were around at the premises said they had to scamper for safety, when the hoodlums came visiting.

They also attacked the public library belonging to the member representing Yenagoa and Kolokuma/Opokuma federal constituency in the National Assembly, Steve Azaiki, PDP Secretariat in Yenagoa and radio Bayelsa station.

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