The Bayelsa State Government has disociates itself from the online post by the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Duoye Diri, Mr Daniel Alabrah against His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR), the former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to contest the forthcoming Presidential Election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Ayibaina Duba in a statement made available to newsmen said that ” the expression are his personal views.
”This clarification becomes necessary because despite the fact that Mr Daniel Alabrah clearly stated that the views he expressed were personal, many have mistaken his views for that of the Bayelsa State Governor, and indeed that of his Government because of his position as Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
”For the records, the views expressed by Mr Daniel Alabrah were his private views and do not represent the position of the Governor or the Bayelsa State Government.
”Government hereby disassociate completely with the views expressed by Mr Daniel Alabrah.
”His views are not, cannot and should not be attributed to the Governor and the Government of Bayelsa State.
”It must be stated here that Governor Douye Diri respects and holds the person and the position of the former president, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in high regards.
”Members of the public should therefore disregard any unfounded attribution of the CPS’s unflattering personal views on the subject matter to the Governor and or the Government of Bayelsa State.
The commissioner therefore warned political appointees of the administration to be conscious of their position and appreciate that their opinion could easily be misconstrued for those of government.
According to him, they are advised to exercise restraint and good judgement in their public discourse.
”Government will not hesitate to take drastic action against any appointee who throws caution into the wind, fails to respect his office and conduct himself in a manner that may put the Governor in disrepute, undermine the good image of the Bayelsa State Government or cause disaffection among stakeholders in the state,” he added.