Goodluck Jonathan, ex-president of Nigeria has advised the people of Bayelsa State to vote against any candidate who promotes violence during the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Jonathan promised to be part of the electorate that would mobilise and reject violence in the governorship election in the state.
He made the call in Yenagoa, the state capital, as special guest of honour at a leadership workshop/conference on sincere Governorship Election and Good Governance in Bayelsa State organised by the Ijaw Elders Forum, Lagos in collaboration with Ijaw Professionals Association, Ijaw Nation Forum, G24 Embasara Foundation and Ijaw Women Connect.
Jonathan made it clear that after the primaries of all the political parties, all the governorship candidates must be prevailed upon to face the people and pledge not to engage in violence. He called on all leaders of the Ijaw nation to stand behind the people to reject violent conducts during the election. He said, “For those that want to lead us politically, they must try as they can to play down violence. All those that want to lead us as the governorship elections are coming, they should play down violence.