The Minister of State, Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva has explained why he led a delegation of leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to visit former President Goodluck Jonathan after the declaration of the Bayelsa governorship elections.
Sylva a former governor of the state who led Governors of Jigawa and Kebbi States, Badaru Abubakar and Atiku Bagudu respectively, the Bayelsa Governor-Elect, David Lyon and Senator Ita Enang to the residence of the Jonathans said they came to introduce Lyon to Jonathan and seek support for him.
According to him, Jonathan as a former President is the father of the state and he deserves to be respected by all the people of Bayelsa.
“Being a former president of the country and a past governor of the state, Jonathan remains an asset to the state and his input will always be needed to advance the course of governance in Bayelsa. As such it was important for them to introduce the governor-elect to him and seek his support and guidance in building a better Bayelsa.”
Jonathan during the visit said as a former President he is a father to all citizens of Nigerians and would gladly welcome them to his home.
He seized the opportunity to advise Lyon to carry Bayelsans along irrespective of party affiliations and make their welfare a priority.
“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. I urge you to make the welfare of Bayelsans a top priority and carry all Bayelsans along irrespective of the party they voted for. Elections are over now, so I want you to see yourself as the Governor of all Bayelsans and not only to the sections that voted for you. This is the way to move Bayelsa forward.”