In a direct response to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s comments on the Bayelsa State governorship election, Timipre Sylva, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, expressed deep disapproval, labeling Jonathan’s statement as “unfortunate.”
Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured victory in the recent governorship election, prompting congratulatory remarks from Jonathan. However, Sylva, unimpressed by the former president’s comments, cast doubt on their authenticity, wondering aloud if Jonathan had indeed made such a statement.
Drawing on the words of the renowned Wole Soyinka, Sylva employed a vivid analogy, stating, “Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement is unfortunate. I sincerely hope he was misquoted. Let me just quote our respected Wole Soyinka: ‘you can take the hippopotamus out of the swamp, but you cannot take the swamp out of the hippopotamus.'”
This sharp critique adds another layer of intensity to the post-election discourse in Bayelsa, highlighting the contrasting perspectives within the political landscape. The exchange underscores the tension surrounding the election outcome and sets the stage for further discussions on the role of political figures in shaping public opinion.