The Bayelsa Development Forum, BDF, has said it is making an elaborate plan to host President Goodluck Jonathan to a “heroic welcome reception”, as he prepares to return to the state.
This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the Secretary-General of BDF, Ebimo Anderson.
Mr. Jonathan became the first Nigerian incumbent president to lose an election after he was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the March 28 polls.
The organization said it has already sent a written letter to the Bayelsa State government to intimate it of its plan to host the welcome reception for Mr. Jonathan.
It said it also requested the support of the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, to enable it effectively mobilize Bayelsans across the state to turn out en-mass for the event.
While applauding what it said were the achievements of the Jonathan administration in national cohesion and economic development, the forum said the president’s record of service to the nation will not easily be forgotten.
“As Ijaw people and proud Bayelsans, even though, we are deeply pained by the loss of our son at the polls, we are grateful to God and Nigerians for entrusting one of our own with the responsibility of leading this great nation at a time when it was thought impossible that a minority from the South-South will hold the highest office in the land,” Mr. Anderson said.
“We are indeed glad that President Jonathan did not disappoint us as a nation by his sterling leadership and in the process making history.”
The statement further thanked Governor Dickson for standing by Mr. Jonathan, all through his presidency and called on Bayelsans to ignore every propaganda and campaign of calumny against the governor allegedly being perpetrated by a senator, Heineken Lokpobiri, on social media.
Mr. Anderson also claimed that a video showing the governor leading thugs to disrupt a court proceeding is fake. Mr. Dickson has faced criticisms from Nigerians after PREMIUM TIMES and others published the video which went viral showing attacks on a Bayelsa court and persons present in the court while armed security officials either looked away or aided the attackers.