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Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by modath(f): 4:17am On May 30, 2015
Friday that prior to the time he became the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, he was not interested in politics.

He made this known during a civic reception organised by the Bayelsa State Government at Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

The former President, who arrived at the state capital in company with his wife, Patience, was given a heroic welcome.

Present at the reception was the host governor, Seriake Dickson, his wife, Rachel, Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and the outgoing Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim.

Others were former Governor of old Rivers State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff; former Governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna, and Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, among others.

Many women groups and musicians were on ground to give the ex-President a rousing welcome.

The venue of the reception was filled to capacity with the people singing and dancing.

Narrating how he dabbled into politics, Jonathan said, “It all started with me and Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. I knew Alamieyeseigha when he wanted to contest the governorship of Bayelsa State under the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party. That was the first time I knew Alamieyeseigha. We formed groups in every local governments – two persons to sign petition to enable Alamieyeseigha to contest.

“But a late Chief Judge asked me and one person from Ogbia to sign the petition. Even though I was a civil servant, I signed the document. I was in the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission then. Of course, when he started his campaign, I joined.

“Not because I was interested in any elective office, but what drove me into joining Alamieyeseigha’s team was that those of us from very small communities always have problems and sometimes you have to run to government for assistance. I felt that if I worked with him and luckily he won, I would know some of the people in government.

“When electioneering started after Abdusalami Abubakar took over, Alamieyeseigha did not call me. But somewhere along the line because we had worked together, one evening, one Bozimo and another person came to my house and asked me to run with Alamieyeseigha as deputy governor.

“I was living in Port Harcourt then and I knew how primaries work and I said I would think about it. In fact, the following day, I told Bozimo that I was not interested, but the whole thing changed later. The detail will come later. That was how Bozimo and Alamieyeseigha brought me in and during the election, we won.

“From 1999 to date, my people and Nigerians have given me rare opportunity, rare privilege. I was deputy governor, governor, vice-president and President of the country. I am grateful to all Nigerians.”

He said the only thing he could do was to thank all Bayelsans, all Ijaw people, all people from the South-South and indeed all Nigerians for giving him the privilege to serve in different capacities. He said the best he could do now is to dedicate the remaining part of his life to peace building across the country.

He added, “Nigerians have given me so much that I cannot stay back. That is why I maintain that we need peace in this country. We need development in this country. Political crises don’t bring development.

“And I believe the new administration will work with all Nigerians and make sure Nigerians are happy. I am indeed happy about the statement the President made that he did not belong to any clique, but to Nigerians. I congratulate him for that.

“I thank Dickson and the people of Bayelsa for honouring me and my wife. I thank you all.”

In his remarks, Dickson described Jonathan as the hero of democracy in Nigeria and Africa.

“Jonathan is the hero of democracy and father of modern democracy in Nigeria. I thank God for giving us Jonathan. He is a great man of Ijaw nationality and Nigeria.”

Contact: editor@punchng.com



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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by babyfaceafrica: 4:24am On May 30, 2015
Accidental president!!!!!......We don't deserve this!!!

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by agarawu23(m): 4:36am On May 30, 2015
tell us more undecided
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by chekasforchekas: 4:48am On May 30, 2015
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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by PassingShot(m): 4:52am On May 30, 2015
We can all tell that you're not cut out for not only politics but also leadership.

This is what the sycophants around you knew and took advantage of.

We also know that you were an accidental president because if Yar'Adua didn't die you wouldn't have been president.

However, you could have done better once your destiny bestowed you with fortunes you wouldn't have realistically achieved given your limited leadership qualities.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by TI1919(m): 4:55am On May 30, 2015
grin
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by jorlons(m): 5:01am On May 30, 2015
He has finally come clean on his non-intentions in politics or leadership. No wonder he couldn't perform to expectations.

Well it's too bad you ventured into something you had no passion for, causing yourself and Nigerians the much undeserved disgrace we received in your time as president.

Nigeria will be great again, a true leader (PMB) is now on-board.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by DaBullIT(m): 5:01am On May 30, 2015
We know , That's why we called you clueless

Whatever you do not want to chop , you don't have to smell it

When the cabal came , you could have said no


Now see how disgraced you are

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by modath(f): 5:02am On May 30, 2015
Little wonder everything fell apart through his anti -midas touch. Nothing, absolutely nothing remained the same for long after any contact with Jona... Oil prices, Naira's value, official predecessors,BH, Electricity supply, PDP's dominance of the political space, Nigeria's fragile unity and tolerance ..etc...

Let's agree Jona had no initial desire to go into politics and accidentally drifted his way from dep gov,to gov,to vp then finally to president. Why then the total desperation to cling to what he isn't interested in.

The dollar rain and kneeling all over the SW was just in fun then... He may not be the president anymore but that doesn't mean he should give voice to every ridiculous notion that pops into his head..

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Sweetguy25: 5:11am On May 30, 2015
You're the most favored Nigerian politician. Even after you left office, you are still celebrated. Obasanjo was not celebrated like this in 2007. Buhari will not be celebrated like this when he fails in 2019. I wish you all the best sir.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by jorlons(m): 5:17am On May 30, 2015
Sweetguy25:
You're the most favored Nigerian politician. Even after you left office, you are still celebrated. Obasanjo was not celebrated like this in 2007. Buhari will not be celebrated like this when he fails in 2019. I wish you all the best sir.

At the emboldened part. Buhari will not fail, he will outperform your lordship GEJ, and he will most definitely be celebrated when he leaves office. Your ill-wish for PMB and Nigeria will not stand.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by orobs93(m): 5:22am On May 30, 2015
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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by chybykee(m): 5:33am On May 30, 2015
undecided undecided undecided




Haba!!! But you stayed there all these while

grin grin

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Mutuwa(m): 5:42am On May 30, 2015
After a sip of executive power has produce negative intoxication in u?
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by wadetaw202: 5:50am On May 30, 2015
DaBullIT:
We know , That's why we called you clueless

Whatever you do not want to chop , you don't have to smell it

When the cabal came , you could have said no


Now see how disgraced you are


Disgraced? Pls learn a lesson today; that losing an election is just rejection of your opinion and not rejection of your person. There is nothing disgraceful about losing an election. Pls stop commenting like a stooge of baba iyabo of the do-or-die politics.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by nationwide1(m): 5:56am On May 30, 2015
What a touching story of a rare humble beginning to an uncommon elevation.


Indeed Jonathan is undeniably the father modern of democracy in Nigeria.

He is a true hero at home and abroad ( ask President Buhari).


God bless Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by bettercreature(m): 6:06am On May 30, 2015
This man can't stop to amaze people,he keeps uttering clueless statement since yesterday
firstly he said he was scared he would be booed
and now he said he wasnt prepared to be a president
Haba this man need education
Cluelessness at its peak even after exiting power

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by VoteOutPDPJona: 6:25am On May 30, 2015
Oga Jona, I'm happy that my nairaland name lived up to it's billing. Please don't take it personal. You tried your best but your best was not good enough for Nigeria. Lest I forget, your party men/women were annoyingly arrogant 'on top' the mediocre leadership they offered us(It's a shame you and your party fellows bragged to rule us for 60 years 'on top' NEPA/PHCN darkness).

'Goodluck' in your future engagements!
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Christoskurion: 6:26am On May 30, 2015
When God decides to favour a man,earthly protocols are subjected to His divine will. My humble President,you would have achieved alot for this nation but you were seriously sabotaged and distructively criticized. However,you did your best. To your critics,those who reward evil for good,enthrone evil in their household,and whatever a man sow same must he reap. God bless Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Smooyis(m): 6:33am On May 30, 2015
A man of destiny. Cant stop from loving dis man no matter what.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Nobody: 6:33am On May 30, 2015
Little wonder he was so dismal!
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by shikshark: 6:37am On May 30, 2015
yes....me too i dont like money.
iranu......abacha.....mtchew
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by 99100(m): 6:42am On May 30, 2015
PassingShot:
We can all tell that you're not cut out for not only politics but also leadership.

This is what the sycophants around you knew and took advantage of.

We also know that you were an accidental president because if Yar'Adua didn't die you wouldn't have been president.

However, you could have done better once your destiny bestowed you with fortunes you wouldn't have realistically achieved given your qualifications.

How do u mean by d bolded? Are you telling me he was not qualified to rule this country? wow! intriguing.
He is not qualified but your Buhari is, right?
Na craze dey worry u.
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by dominique(f): 7:09am On May 30, 2015
Stories that touch... You're not interested in politics yet you decided to go for a second term and bribe monarchs to achieve your goal.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by realtestament(m): 7:09am On May 30, 2015
Deputy gov - Gov

Vice president - President

And he was nat interested in politics...
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Nobody: 7:12am On May 30, 2015
jorlons:


At the emboldened part. Buhari will not fail, he will outperform your lordship GEJ, and he will most definitely be celebrated when he leaves office. Your ill-wish for PMB and Nigeria will not stand.
sweetguy25 thinks he is GOD..whereas he may not live to see the yr he quoted.

Fear your God
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Rilwayne001: 7:16am On May 30, 2015
Sweetguy25:
You're the most favored Nigerian politician. Even after you left office, you are still celebrated. Obasanjo was not celebrated like this in 2007. Buhari will not be celebrated like this when he fails in 2019. I wish you all the best sir.

Calling you a nitwit is even an insult to nitwits. Seriously, is this how miserable your life is? while people are praying fervently for him to succed in other for all of us to benefit in his government, Your prayer for the new president is for him to fail? God forbid, by Gods grace you will experience whatever you wish for the new government.

Anuofia angry

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by OrlandoOwoh(m): 7:25am On May 30, 2015
Sweetguy25:
You're the most favored Nigerian politician. Even after you left office, you are still celebrated. Obasanjo was not celebrated like this in 2007. Buhari will not be celebrated like this when he fails in 2019. I wish you all the best sir.
Obasanjo is still celebrated across the world. Bet it, even in PDP Jonathan won't have a voice.

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Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by OrlandoOwoh(m): 7:28am On May 30, 2015
Buhari is the first non-accidental President in Nigeria.
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Sweetguy25: 7:30am On May 30, 2015
OrlandoOwoh:

Obasanjo is still celebrated across the world. Bet it, even in PDP Jonathan won't have a voice.

Obasanjo is celebrated where and by whom?
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by Aphrygian: 7:43am On May 30, 2015
When u were called accidental president your followers called us different names.
Re: Jonathan- "I wasn’t Interested In Politics" by OrlandoOwoh(m): 7:51am On May 30, 2015
Sweetguy25:

Obasanjo is celebrated where and by whom?
www.google.com

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