Ahead of the December 5 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has warned youths to be wary of sweet-talking politicians or get carried away by their lies.
He urged them to assess what those aspiring for elective offices have done in the past.
Dr Jonathan said most politicians today are men of many words, who tell many lies to woo voters and deceive the public in order to get to their respective offices, saying that politicians are full of lies
The former president stated this yesterday during the presentation of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag to Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at a grand finale of Dickson campaign in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Expectedly, Yenagoa was agog as the leaders of the PDP thronged the Samson Siasia Sports Complex to present the flag to the party’s flag bearer.
Present at the ceremony were Jonathan, Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Uche Secondus and Governor Dickson.
Others are Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange, State Chairman, PDP, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah, among others.
Jonathan, who urged the youth to vote for a person that would develop the state and not by propaganda, said Dickson deserved reelection considering his developmental initiatives in the state.
He said a vote for Dickson in next Saturday’s poll was a vote for liberation, development, security and peace, stressing that PDP remained the party for the people.
His words: “So, for Bayelsa young people, do not be carried away by politicians. They are people of many words; they go to so many places, talking to so many people, telling so many lies.
“So, do not listen to what people say, but assess what people have done over the period. Most of the candidates are well known to you, so it is the choice of Bayelsa young people to vote for development of this state or to vote for the retrogression of this state. It is the choice of Bayelsa young people to vote for education of our youths or to vote for the retrogression of our young people.
“The choice is ours and I think you will think beyond yourselves. At our age, we are looking down, not looking up, whether you like it or not. So, think about your children and your grandchildren, think about building a state for your children and grandchildren, do not think about what you will swallow in the morning and I believe that the steps so far taken by Dickson have shown me that he wants development of this state, he has encouraged development in this state.
“He is committed, he has that vision and all the projects he has been carrying on show that the youngman is seeing Bayelsa beyond today. No leader can change a nation if you do not see beyond your nose. I am telling the young people, this election is not for Jonathan and Dickson, it is for you to vote for your liberation, to live in peace and to live in a developed society.”