The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has spoken of his respect for Dr Goodluck Jonathan amid claim the immediate past president and the wife, Patience, worked underground for Chief David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to emerge winner of Saturday’s election.
The body language of the Jonathans connoted that they truly supported Lyon against Senator Duoye Diri, the candidate of their party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Dickson is in sync with the conjecture, however, the governor said it has not affected his respect for the former president in an interview he granted newsmen on Tuesday.
He said: “My reaction is that President Jonathan remains a leader of our country. He is at liberty to receive members of any political party. But in the context of all that is going on, I know that the insinuations are not misplaced.
“The APC came to Bayelsa to take his state and people by force. With the comments they are making about him, Oshiomhole coming to Bayelsa to praise Jonathan. What they were doing is laying the foundation to perpetrate fraud and violence
“No politician has stood by Jonathan more than me. They simply used his name and image to legitimise an illegitimacy. I can see the strategic content. They used Jonathan to expand the notion of disagreement and after the rigging to go to him like Pontius Pilate to wash off their hands and put it at his doorsteps to say he sanctioned it…But let’s accord him the right to meet with other dignitaries”
“Jonathan remains my oga (boss) and I respect him, but there are lots of efforts by certain interest to create a rift between us, there is no politician that has been there for the former president than me.
“He has also helped me but it is unfortunate that I am being misconstrued in this matter of the election, I tried to meet Jonathan for 16 times and he opted to support a candidate that does not wish me well.
“I will soon write my memoirs and people will have a fair view of what happened, the visit of some APC governors to Jonathan who congratulated the APC candidate without congratulating the candidate of his party.
“It is strategic for APC leaders to use Jonathan to legitimise the illegitimacy that happened on Saturday.”