Former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Chief Tonye Graham-Douglas, has said the former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the Presidency to the North due to intrigues, conspiracies, betrayals, manipulations and all manner of societal vices.
He spoke in Yenagoa yesterday at the fifth memorial lecture of late educationist and former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State, Chief Nicholas Frank-Opigo.
Graham – Douglas, who reeled out how the South-South geopolitical zone was birthed and the roles he played in its actualisation, said the development led to the metamorphosis of the zone.
He said, “This political mustard seed sown eventually grew to be one of the greatest political metamorphoses, eventually giving the minorities of minority of the South-South geopolitical zone the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The sojourn, as we observed, was a giant stride with glorious acclamation, true emancipation and deliverance of the hitherto insignificant Ijaw nation.
“No sooner than was imagined, the situation suffered an infestation of political canker worm, the consequence of which the centre, ethnically and parochially suffered some caving in.
“The up and coming impeccable ‘Ijawness’ became incohesive with suspicion and mistrust, all culminating to the control by the evil spirit of politics defined as a concentric circle of intrigues, conspiracies, betrayals, manipulations and all manner of societal rivalries.
“The ultimate resultant tsunami became inevitable. The greatest loser thereof became our great Ijaw nation and the South-South geopolitical region.”
The former Minister of Aviation in General Ibrahim Babangida’s cabinet, however, asked his Ijaw brothers and sisters not to despair.
In his remark, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, extolled the virtues of Frank-Opigo, saying he was a true purveyor of knowledge and invested his resources accordingly.

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