Former president says politics is not a do or die affair

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has admonished politicians against
do-or-die politics ahead of the Governorship and House of Assembly
elections tomorrow.
The former President gave the admonition at Sampou community in
Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area shortly after paying a
condolence visit to Governor Douye Diri over the demise of his father, Pa
Abraham Diri.
Dr. Jonathan stressed that politics should be about service and not self,
urging politicians to wait for God's time to get into leadership positions.
He said in a democracy, the people play a critical role and wondered why
those who aspire to lead want to force themselves on the people.
The former President advised people of the state to conduct themselves in
a peaceful manner during the House of Assembly election.
Speaking on the late Pa Diri, Jonathan said the death of a parent was
painful but urged the family to take solace in the legacies he left.
The former president noted that the fact that Pa Diri produced a Governor
meant he inculcated good virtues in his children and prayed God to enable
the family bear the loss.
Responding, Governor Douye Diri, described the visit of the former
President as special, and traced his relationship with him to when he was
Commissioner in his administration as Bayelsa Governor.
Governor Diri recalled that Dr. Jonathan’s rise to the position of President
was divine, and expressed joy by the former president’s show of love, who
was among the first to call him and sent his wife to visit before the
personal visit.
The state’s helmsman stressed the need for the people of Bayelsa to
exhibit same brotherly love and unity in order to move the state forward.