Jonathan further stated “I urge you to reciprocate this confidence reposed on you by the people through this mandate and work for the general good and progress of all Bayelsans, irrespective of political affiliation, senatorial district, clan, or community.
“I commend all the candidates for their participation in the just-concluded election and for their determination and passion to serve the people of Bayelsa.
“The victory of one candidate does not translate to a conquest of the other. This is a victory for all Bayelsans. I urge all stakeholders to put the interests of the state above personal and political interests.
“We must, at this time, unite and work towards building a better Bayelsa. My dear Governor, your re-election should consolidate the unity and progress of our dear Bayelsa State.
“Finally, I call on the electoral umpire and other stakeholders to take seriously the issues of the off-cycle elections and work towards the improvement of the electoral system and the sustainability of our nation’s democracy.”