The Bayelsa State Government wishes to state that an online post by Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Duoye Diri, in which he expressed opposition to the rumoured bid of 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 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.
Government further wishes to use this medium to warn appointees of the administration to be conscious of their position and appreciate that their opinion can easily be misconstrued for those of Government. 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.