Group dismisses claim of Jonathan snub, says ex-President too big to seek validation from any Governor
A rights group, Coalition for Good Governance and Sustainable Development (CGGSD) has dismissed media reports that former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan had his phone calls rejected by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, stating that the report is another red herring by enemies of good governance and purveyors of disinformation. The group described it as childish and laughable for anybody to insinuate that President Jonathan, a well celebrated African statesman and the continent’s icon of democracy needs the validation of a mere state governor to remain relevant.
Leader of the group, Mr. Fineman Robinson in a news statement described the purported report as fake news that shouldn’t be taken seriously as there was no truth contained in it. He stressed that Dr. Jonathan has no interest in Bayelsa local politics, adding that the former President is an international figure and African statesman who now sees Africa as his consistency.
The statement read in part: ” it amounts to political tokenism to suggest or even contemplate that Dr. Jonathan a former president and now African statesman who has been busy on international tour observing elections in various countries to start engaging his state governor on issues bordering on local government polls.
“It is wrong for anybody to say that Dickson is ignoring Jonathan ‘s calls. As a former President, he doesn’t have to call Dickson on phone for anything. The truth is that if he needs to brief his State governor on any issue he invites him to his house.”
The statement also added that: ” while Dr. Jonathan remains a citizen of Bayelsa with voting right, issues of who becomes the next local government chairman in his local government or any other council in Bayelsa State are too petty for Dr. Jonathan to engage Governor Dickson on.”