I’d have moved my mother out of Bayelsa if Diri lost reelection – Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, said he would have relocated his mother from Bayelsa State to Abuja if Governor Douye Diri had lost his reelection bid.

He made the disclosure while visiting Diri in Yenagoa, as he said Diri’s victory means the State will be safer with the governor’s determination to tackle insecurity.

The former president said the gains of tackling insecurity in the state would have been lost if the governor was defeated by the opposition.

Jonathan said: “We don’t want to go into an unnecessary crisis in the state. Results have been declared and we believe the election was conducted.

“We believe the governor won the election and we plead that people should accept it and work with the governor. Let all of us support him so that the state will move ahead.

“There should be nothing that will push the state backwards. We should think about the development of the state, starting with the issue of peace and security in the state. Within this last period, three years plus, there have been significant improvements in terms of cultism, kidnapping, and so on and so forth.

“I was saying before this election that if Diri lost this election, I would have relocated my mother to Abuja.”

Recall that Diri, of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) was announced as the winner of the November 11, governorship polls by the INEC State Returning Officer, Prof. Kuta Farouq.

The governor polled a total of 175,196 votes to defeat his major opponent, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, who got 110,108 votes, while the Labour Party candidate, Udengs Eradiri, came in third with 905 votes.