Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has advised
Nigerian politicians not to see elections as coup or war, but
rather come together to support whoever emerges winner.
Speaking in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital during the
thanksgiving/anniversary service to mark Governor Douye
Diri’s one year in office, Jonathan also advised those in
politics not to play it with bitterness.
He said, “Our democratic process is recognised by law, so
modern day politicians should not begin to practice
democracy and contestation to power as if we were
“At the end of the political process, we expect that both
parties should come together and the winner carries
everybody along. Leaders who contested the election must
know that it was a political process known by law, and
whoever wins, we agree that God gave him that position.
“I want to thank Governor Diri for opening his hands and
welcoming every citizen of Bayelsa State, irrespective of
political divide. Immediately you win an election you
become the governor of everybody,” he said.
Also speaking, Governor Diri appreciated God who made it
possible for him to serve the state in that capacity, even
when he least expected it.
He said his victory at the Supreme Court on February 13,
2020 was an answer to prayers by men of God and the
people of the state.