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Bayelsa East Youth Alliance (BEYA) has applauded former President Goodluck Jonathan for the neutral role he played in the federal elections of February 23, urging him to maintain it in the House of Assembly election on Saturday.

The group said the neutrality adopted by the former president helped to ensure the emergence of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Degi Ereminyo, as senator-elect.

A statement signed by the director of publicity, Mr. Iniobio Amos, maintained that Jonathan must be commended for his neutrality as he was quoted as saying that all those contesting were his children regardless of the party they belong.

The group described the former president’s assertion that “a good father does not take sides in a contest among his children” as wise counsel.

However, the APC in the state has applauded the Federal Government’s decision to deploy more soldiers and other security personnel to the state ahead of Saturday’s election.

Chieftain of the party in Brass Council, Israel Nengimote, said in Yenagoa that the move would help the APC to sweep the state assembly polls.

According to him, with the deployment of additional security operatives, particularly the army, to Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, APC can be guaranteed total victory in the South South.

BEYA also thanked other leaders of the senatorial zone for throwing their weight behind APC candidates.

It equally appealed to Jonathan to support President Muhammadu Buhari and to prevail on him to consider a Bayelsa youth in his new cabinet, since he promised that youths would dominate his next cabinet.

Nengimote, an ex-militant leader, assured that the APC in Bayelsa would sweep the House of Assembly polls on Saturday.

He pointed out that APC’s victory in the state assembly election would pave the way for the party to win the governorship seat later this year, which is the ultimate target.


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