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Bayelsa Election: Jonathan Reveals Contingency Plan to Move Mother to Abuja in Case of Diri’s Loss

In a significant revelation, former President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed that he had contemplated the relocation of his mother to Abuja had Governor Douye Diri, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), lost in the Bayelsa election. The revelation came to light during Jonathan’s visit to Diri in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, on a Friday.

During the visit, Jonathan stressed the importance of avoiding unnecessary crises and urged the public to accept the election results. He expressed confidence in Diri’s victory and called on the people to throw their support behind the governor for the continued progress of the state.

Highlighting the significance of maintaining peace and security, Jonathan acknowledged the strides made by Diri in the last three years in curbing issues such as cultism and kidnapping. The former president underscored that Diri’s re-election was crucial for sustaining and building upon these gains, emphasizing the need for unity and collaboration.

Jonathan, sharing a personal tragedy, recounted the kidnapping and tragic death of his cousin during one of the incidents. He revealed the harrowing details, stating, “My cousin was kidnapped two times, and 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.” The former president expressed optimism that with Diri returning as the governor, such distressing incidents would soon become a thing of the past.

Encouraging citizens to remain calm, Jonathan urged them to allow Diri to focus on governance to propel the state forward. He emphasized the need for collective efforts to ensure the state’s development and the well-being of its citizens.

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Earlier in the day, Governor Douye Diri received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second term in office. Anticipating his swearing-in for another four-year tenure the following year, Diri’s re-election marked a significant moment in Bayelsa’s political landscape.