Bayelsa Guber: APC Candidate Timipre Sylva Blasts Goodluck Jonathan Over Comment on Diri


Nov 20,2023.

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva, chided former President Goodluck Jonathan over his comment on the outcome of the just-concluded governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Sylva described Jonathan’s comment on the election as unfortunate.

Recall that Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had won his reelection bid during last Saturday’s governorship election.

Congratulating Diri, Jonathan said his victory would further improve the security situation in the state.

The former president said he would have relocated his mother to Abuja of Diri had lost his reelection bid on Saturday.

Reacting, Sylva wondered if the former president made the remark.

Recounting a comment by Wole Soyinka, Sylva said a hippopotamus can’t be taken out of a swamp.

Posting on X, Sylva wrote: “Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement is unfortunate. I sincerely hope he was misquoted.

“Let me quote our respected Wole Soyinka: “You can take the hippopotamus out of the swamp, but you cannot take the swamp out of the hippopotamus.”(

Peters Anene, News Editor
Peters Anene, News Editor
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