The Bayelsa Development Forum (BDF) is planning to welcome the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, who unsuccessfully contested for re-election on the PDP’s platform, as a hero once he returns to his home state.
The group’s secretary general Ebimo Anderson, in Saturday’s statement, said they have already sent a letter to the Bayelsa state government to inform it of their plans to host a welcome reception, and to ask for their support to mobilize the residents to turn out en masse for the event.
“As Ijaw people and proud Bayelsans, even though we are deeply pained by the loss of our son at the polls, we are grateful to God and Nigerians for entrusting one of our own with the responsibility of leading this great nation at a time when it was thought impossible that a minority from the South-South will hold the highest office in the land,” Anderson said.
“We are indeed glad that President Jonathan did not disappoint us as a nation by his sterling leadership and in the process making history.”
Anderson further thanked Governor Seriake Dickson for standing by President Jonathan all through his presidency. He warned Bayelsans against falling for any propaganda and campaign of calumny against the governor allegedly being perpetrated by a senator, Heineken Lokpobiri, on social media.
Goodluck Jonathan became the first incumbent president in Nigeria’s history to lose an election when he was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in the March 28 polls.