Former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday described politics as a very useless business and that when he reads what people write about him on social media, he laughs. Jonathan said this while reacting to rumors that himself and the current governor of his home state, Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson are at loggerheads. While receiving the governor at his home in Otueke yesterday, GEJ said he had no reason to be competing with a governor when in his lifetime, he had become a deputy governor, governor, Vice President and then President. Seriake was in the former president’s home to pay him a condolence visit over the death of the paramount ruler of Otuoke Community, HRH King Lot Justin Ogiasa.
“Let me on behalf of the community thank you for making the visit, because of the relationship we have. You wanted to come immediately, but said it would be waste for the governor to come when the date for the burial has not been announced. 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.” The Governor who led a high-powered state delegation for the condolence said he was part of the Ogiasa family and by extension, the Otuoke community of Ogbia Local Government Area.