Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged politicians to see politics as a way of growing the individuals and never as warfare.
Jonathan spoke yesterday on the Ecumenical Centre in Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, through the first anniversary thanksgiving of the Governor Douye Diri administration.
The thanksgiving was additionally used to have fun the February 13, 2020, Supreme Courtroom judgment that ushered in Diri as governor.
Others on the thanksgiving had been Dame Persistence Jonathan, Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Bala Mohammed (Bauchi); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Nationwide Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) Uche Secondus, amongst others.
The previous president harassed that on the finish of each political contest, politicians ought to sheathe their swords and work with the winner.
He praised Diri for his non-discriminatory fashion of politics, which ‘had seen him embrace everyone no matter their political leanings’.
Jonathan additionally known as for help from the individuals to allow the Diri administration to succeed.
He mentioned: “These of us in politics ought to study to play politics as politics and never as a struggle. On the finish of the method, allow us to come collectively and help the winner.
“I thank our governor for opening his thoughts to just accept everyone regardless of the political divide, and I urge him to do extra.”
Diri thanked God for the miracle that introduced him to workplace, saying he would perpetually stay grateful and dedicated to the service of the state.
The governor additionally thanked the judiciary, significantly the Supreme Courtroom Justices, for his or her braveness in delivering such a landmark judgment. Diri mentioned the Justices proved that the judiciary remained the final hope of the widespread man.
He additionally thanked those that stood by him after the election and earlier than the court docket ruling, particularly Senator Seriake Dickson, Emmanuel and Makinde. In keeping with him, they allowed God to make use of them to make his dream a actuality.
The governor urged the individuals to at all times exude love and embrace each other regardless of occasion affiliations, stressing that the event of the state was greater than any group or particular person consideration.
He mentioned: “They are saying the judiciary is the final hope of the widespread man. For us, the judiciary was our final hope. We thank all those that contributed a method or one other towards guaranteeing our victory.
“I once more urge Bayelsans to not see these within the opposition as enemies. Right this moment they’re there however tomorrow they may be right here. As I communicate, a lot of our brothers within the All Progressives Congress (APC) are returning to the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP).”
Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo recalled that their hope was dashed however God served them to victory. He mentioned they’re grateful to God and the individuals for his or her solidarity through the troublesome moments that led to the court docket victory.
Of their goodwill messages, Governors Makinde, Emmanuel and Mohammed, and Secondus hailed Diri for his strides in workplace. They had been assured he would rework the state, and urged Bayelsans to help him.
Pastor Lazarus Mouka of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Motion delivered a sermon ‘It’s the Lord’s Doing’. He described Diri’s emergence as divine.
In keeping with him, there have been limitations with man, however with God, all issues had been doable. He urged the individuals to show to God for salvation.
The cleric hailed the governor and other people for the perspective of thanksgiving and prayed to God to allow Diri to fulfil his objective for the state.