A former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva, has stated that President Goodluck Jonathan will only be welcomed in his country home of Otuoke, because he betrayed and disappointed the entire Niger-Deltans.
Sylva said Niger Deltans had at first believed in Jonathan but eventually lost trust in him because he didn’t do anything to develop the area in his 6-year tenure.
Speaking with newsmen, the APC chieftain said “every Niger Deltan knows and a few people have said it and I don’t want to repeat what others have said. Niger Delta is actually in a worse situation today than we have ever been in our history because we have got nothing from this Presidency. Therefore, Niger Delta people, including myself, feel very betrayed.”
He added that Bayelsa State is “the least developed industrially and commercially” of all the 36 states in Nigeria and that President Jonathan will get a hero’s welcome only in Otuoke.
“I mean you can’t begrudge him whatever welcome he receives in his village. I don’t want to know, Otuoke is a small, tiny village. He probably would not receive a hero’s welcome in my village or in the larger Bayelsa public, but in his village, whatever welcome he gets, we give it to him. You can’t begrudge him the welcome he would get in his village,” he added.