Jonathan Warns Against Violence In Bayelsa State
Ahead of the governorship elections in Bayelsa State, former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the people of the state to reject any candidate who promotes violence.
The ex-president who is also an indigene of the state, promised to personally lead the charge to ensure the electorate rejects violence during the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa.
Jonathan made the submission in Yenagoa, the state capital, while speaking as a special guest of honour at a leadership workshop/conference on Credible 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.
The former President further called on the people of the state to prevail on all governorship candidates that emerge after the primaries of all the political parties, to pledge not to engage in violence.
According to Daily Post, Jonathan 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.
“We should come together as Bayelsans and tell whoever wants to rule us that we won’t accept violence.
“If anybody uses violence, we would stand by the people till the end.
“After the primaries of the political parties all the candidates should come and pledge in our presence that they would not be involved in violence during the elections. Nobody should expect us to elect him as the governor of Bayelsa State if one person dies during the election.”
Naija News reports the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has scheduled the governorship election in Bayelsa State to hold on November 16.