Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan


Politics is a Useless Business, Says Ex-President Jonathan


Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan has said “politics is a useless business”

Today when his Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson paid him a condolence visit, the ex-president said there is too much falsehood in the game of politics.

Jonathan is the first incumbent African president to lose election to an opponent and congratulated his opponent before final tally of the ballots. He lost election to Muhamadu Buhari in 2015.

Dismissing perceived rift between him and Dickson, Jonathan said: “For me politics is a very useless business; when I see the kind of things people write about me on the social media, I just laugh. For Bayelsa State, I feel sad because we are not many and we are not heterogeneous. It is a state that we also know ourselves.

“I have no reason to say that I am competing with the governor; by the grace of God, I became Deputy Governor, Governor and President. There is no way I can sit anywhere and plan anything against Bayelsa state or the governor. “When I was dreaming of becoming Governor, Dickson was among the few in the meetings we were holding. He was not in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but he agreed to help it. He didn’t want to join the PDP, but I virtually forced him.

 “When I became Governor, I appointed Dickson Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and that was how he became a PDP member and later became a member of the House of Representatives and so on…There is no way I will break my relationship with the Governor.”

Dickson condoled Jonathan over the death the Paramount Ruler of Otuoke Community, HRH King Lot Justin Ogiasa

Dickson also said there was no rift between him and Jonathan: “Both of us have come a long way. My personal political story cannot be complete without talking about my elder brother, Jonathan. He also knows that I made little contribution that is recorded in the political chapter of his life.”, the governor emphasised.

Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

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