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PHOTOS: Barr. Ebizi Eradiri, 1st class Law Graduate is the New Face of Bayelsa Girl, says Gov Diri

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has honoured the young lady who graduated with First Class Honours at both Niger Delta University, Amassoma and the Nigerian Law School, Miss. Ebizi Blessing Eradiri.

She has been awarded academic scholarships for her Masters and Ph.D in any University in the world as well as automatic employment as lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University.

Gov. Diri, who received her in his office in Yenagoa in company of the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and other top government functionaries, also announced her as the “New Face of Bayelsa Girl”.

His Royal Majesty, King Bubaraye Dakolo, King of Ekpetiama Clan, led the team from the Kingdom and Eradiri’s family to the Government House for the reception.

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Open Letter from a Bayelsan to Governor Douye Diri

His Excellency Sen. Douye Diri
Executive Governor
Bayelsa State.

Your Excellency,

BE MORE WORRIED/FEARFUL ON THE BACKWARDNESS AND UNDER DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE THAN THE CONGRATULATORY MESAGES FROM BAYELSANS

Your Excellency Sir, I bring you a warm greeting from my neuclar family and CLG NIG LIMITED.

Your Excellency will note on before his mantle of leadership as the Governor and enthusiasm of Bayelsans to elect a leader to pilot the affairs of this State due to the bad leadership inherited by Government after Government, thus making the State looking less than a State, moreso, keeping the Capital in an embarrassing state as the most undeveloped State Capital in the 36 States of the Federation.

Your Excellency Sir, case upon court cases have come and gone, which most recent is the yesterday’s judgment by the Supreme court. It is also technically observed that the cyber space is crowded with congratulatory messages by your fans mostly Bayelsans who may not have a down taught of the consequences and challenges ahead.

Your Excellency, I am on the side to tell you to be more worried and fearful to achieving, bringing developmental strategies that are not politically galvanized (vain promise as usual).

Your Excellency Sir, there is no doubt that your administration will witnessed the most developmental challenges seeing the debt services ahead this current Government.

My candid advise to your Excellency are:-
1) Your Excellency must as matter of urgency engage indigenous technocrats, who are in the private sector, to buy ideas that will lead to reboot the economy and job creation and of course increase the IGR of the State. (NOT politically galvanized)

2)Your Excellency must be ready to face the reality, knowing fully well that Bayelsa is underdeveloped. And also a mechanism be setup to look into those unacceptable wages, divide and rule policy, block those who are ready to finger into the stationary monthly a location coming into the State without fear or favour.

3) For this administration to actualize it’s dreams in an open and transparent manner, the ministry should allow registered indigenous contractors to bid jobs and execute them. Your Excellency, it very obvious that only Governors who are not transparent allow direct service job to be carried in other to carry out dubious act to siphon money meant for the general development of their States.

Your Excellency Sir, this should not be a time to rejoice and making big party but a time to look inward to the challenges that will befall your administration which are far tedious, corrosive and fearful that the Supreme court case, and the past administrations, which I will refer as the SUPER SUPREME CHALLENGES in your administration.

Thank you Sir. I wish you and your administration great success.

Comr. David Awasa
The common Bayelsan.

ANNULMENT: Popular prophet reveals who will emerge as Bayelsa Governor

The leader of INRI evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has reacted to the political situation in Bayelsa state.

The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja had annulled the election of Duoye Diri, governor of Bayelsa State.

The election was nullified based on a petition by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, which argued that it was unlawfully excluded from participating in the election.

As a result of this, a fresh election was ordered to be conducted in 90 days.

Following this development, some opposition parties, especially the All Progressive Congress (APC) have been jubilating.

Meanwhile, Primate Ayodele said that there is no need for the APC and its ousted candidate, David Lyon to jubilate because at the end of it all, Governor Duoye Diri will become victorious.

He, however, advised Governor Duoye Diri to remain focused and do the needful.

“David Lyon and All Progressive Congress in Bayelsa state should not jubilate, Governor Duoye Diri will become victorious amidst all crisis.

“All he needs to do is stay focused and do the needful, He will surpass everything He Is facing currently,” he said.

Breaking: Douye Diri To Be Sworn In As Bayelsa Governor In Minutes

Despite protests across Bayelsa State by supporters of the All Progressive Congress, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP candidate in the just concluded governorship election, Senator Douye Diri is about to be sworn in as the governor of the State.

The Governor will be sworn in with
his running mate, Mr. Lawrence Ewrujakpor by the State Chief Judge as the governor of Bayelsa State.

This will be in compliance with the Supreme Court Judgement that sacked the urchin David Lyon of All Progressives Congress, APC as governor elect.

To arrive at this outcomes, INEC had reworked the votes cast amongst the valid candidate.

The development gave a massive spread to Mr. Douye and his running mate, Mr. Lawrence.

Protesters had earlier blocked the entrance to Samson Siasia International Stadium in the state capital, vowing that the duo will never become governor and Deputy Governor of the state respectively.

But in a last minute arrangement, the venue had been changed to avoid violent clashes between the two parties.

Details later…

BREAKING: PDP’s Candidate Won’t Be Sworn In Bayelsa Tomorrow, Says Oshiomhole

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has declared candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Douye Diri cannot be sworn in on Friday as Bayelsa Governor because he did not meet the requirements of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had on Thursday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the APC candidate, David Lyon, over false documents presented to the electoral umpire by his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

Addressing newsmen at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja, Oshiomhole pointed out that the judgement of the Supreme Court said; “the certificate of return should be issued to the candidate, who has the required spread in the election” aside from David Lyon.

He said there was no candidate in the election that met the requirement apart from Lyon, adding that the implication is that from Friday Bayelsa will be without a Governor.

He further said that the lawyers of the APC are currently studying the judgement.

“Our lawyers are already studying the judgment to take the necessary legal action.”

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118-year-old appointed Special Adviser in Bayesla

The Vice Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Brian Wotari, has appointed a 118-year-old woman, Omonigbalebo Dani Orogono, as his Special Adviser on Elder Matters.

This was contained in a letter dated February 4, 2020 and signed by Bedford Ineye, one of the aides of the vice-chairman.

The letter reads: “It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been appointed as Special Adviser on Elder Matters to the Vice Chairman, Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA.

“Your appointment is with immediate effect. Congratulations and accept the warmest regards from the Vice Chairman.”

Bayelsa Guber: Governor Dickson Releases Video Evidence of Electoral Fraud, Violence In Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw LGAs

*Blames Army For Colluding With APC To Rig Poll
*Says Rigging Not linked To Purported Feud With Jonathan

Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, has released video evidence of the killings and election violence that characterised last Saturday’s governorship election in Nembe local government area and other parts of the state.

Addressing a world press conference in Yenagoa on Tuesday, Governor Dickson described the election as a charade and a carefully orchestrated plan to forcefully take over the state towards entrenching a one party system.

He condemned in its entirety what he termed the brazen connivance of security agents, particularly the Nigerian Army with the APC thugs to hijack electoral materials in most local government areas.

According to the governor, soldiers were deployed in Ogbia local government area and other parts of the state led by a certain Lieutenant Colonel from the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army to cart away election materials, thereby undermining the process in favour of the APC.

He therefore called on the APC-led Federal Government to take action to safeguard the country’s democratic principles and protecting the fundamental rights of Nigerians in every election.

The governor, who was speaking for the first time after the conduct of the election, noted with dismay the involvement of the Army in the killing of some members of the PDP, ballot snatching and hijacking of election materials by APC members and declaration of results by INEC even in areas where election did not hold.

The outgoing Bayelsa helmsman, who urged Bayelsans to be calm, said the reprehensible acts against democracy would be addressed through democratic procedures.

“This was not the first time we are having elections. People were killed, some ripped open and thrown into the river and till now no arrest. We all know that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, and a notorious militant, Sam Kodjo, plotted and carried out these heinous act, which actually was an assassination attempt because I was billed to visit Nembe that day for the PDP campaign.

“As democrats, we believe in using democratic procedures in challenging what happened in Ogbia. In Ogbia, there was no collation done. In most of the areas, at the conclusion of voting, the soldiers came and rounded up everybody and forcibly took them to Ogbia town and asked all PDP leaders to leave to enable them replace pre-written results. And so the results announced for Ogbia, like those for Southern Ijaw and Nembe, were not real.

“What has happened in Bayelsa is one of the most brazen acts of distortion and rape of our democracy.

“What took place was not a democratic election. It was a military coup. It was the height of conspiracy by the federal government and security agencies to subvert the democratic rights of our people for the sole purpose of foisting the APC on the people.

“It has never been like this before. In 2015, it wasn’t as bad as this. In this case, not only was the Army directed to take over our place, but to collude with the APC thugs to unleash terror on our people.”

Governor Dickson also described as balderdash the notion being bandied about by APC mischief makers that it was disagreement between him and former President Goodluck Jonathan that led to their pyrrhic victory, emphasizing that Jonathan remained a leader of the entire country whose image and reputation was too weighty to be dragged in the mud by the opposition party.

He explained that as a leader of the country, the former President was at liberty to receive visitors of the APC who paid him a visit but warned on the dangers posed by the satanic insinuations being weaved around the visit by the APC to sell their diabolical plot to turn Nigeria into a one party state and a vicious attempt to legitimize illegitimate and indefensible electoral outcomes.

He stressed that no politician had stood by Jonathan more than himself and that in the build up to the elections, he visited Jonathan about 16 times to meet with him on the way forward for the PDP.

“My reaction is that President Jonathan remains a leader of our country. He is at liberty to receive members of any political party. But in the context of all that is going on, I know that the insinuations are not misplaced.

“APC came to Bayelsa to take his state and people by force. With the comments they are making about him, Oshiomhole’s coming to Bayelsa to praise Jonathan, what they were doing is laying the foundation to perpetrate fraud and violence.

“No politician has stood by Jonathan more than me. They simply used his name and image to legitimize an illegitimacy. I can see the strategic content. They used Jonathan to expand the notion of disagreement and after the rigging to go to him like Pontius Pilate to wash off their hands and put it at his doorsteps to say he sanctioned it. But let us accord him the right to meet with other dignitaries,” he said.

Prophet who saw victory for APC in Kogi, PDP in Bayelsa reveals what to expect on Saturday

Ebonyi State born prophet, Emanuel Chukwudi, who in May 2019 spelt victory for Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi State, and retention of power by the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa has said that although there will be intrigues, no political party will lose their hold in any of the states.

He said that, since God spoke to him on the matter, no alteration has been made, and therefore, the elections will be won by those he said would win.

Chukwudi on May 26 2019 had told journalists that the incumbent parties would retain power in both states (see link here- https://wp.me/p2up3F-1HO).

Emmanuel Chukwudi is known to make fierce, and controversial prophecies, including prophecies concerning some presidential, as well as guber elections.

He had in the past, prophesied victories for former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammadu Buhari and US president, Donald Trump.

Speaking from his Church headquarters in May, the King of Kings Deliverance Ministry Gbonum Ulepa-Pale Ntezi, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, he said “The Lord God is talking to me regarding the election of Kogi State. In the election of Prince Abubakar Audu, we gave our prediction then that he will emerge winner in that election. Eventually, he died even before he was to rule the state. Then Yahaya Bello became the main beneficiary. Well, God is telling me that Yahaya Bello has no opposition. He is returning unopposed as Kogi Governor. So there is no hope for PDP in Kogi.

“There will be a lot of battle in Bayelsa as the APC will manipulate to take over there but the manipulation will not work. PDP will win Bayelsa. It’s true that I saw election postponement in Bayelsa but eventually, PDP will win”.

Prophet Chukwudi contact: +234 703 750 3690

Lokpobiri challenges Bayelsa APC guber primary, as court fixes Nov 4 for hearing

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa yesterday fixed Nov 4, 2019, to commence hearing in a suit filed by Sen Heineken Lokpobiri challenging the September, 4 governorship primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State.

Lokpobiri who approached the court to challenge the emergence of Mr. David Lyon as APC’s candidate had brought a motion seeking an order of the court to abridge the mandatory period for respondents in the suit from 21 to seven days and an accelerated hearing of the case.

Listed as respondents in the case are All Progressive Congress, David Lyon, and Independent National Electoral Commission.

Lokpobiri had claimed that he won the Sept. 4 primary conducted by APC using the direct primary mode.

Counsel to Lokpobiri , FB Olorogun had in his argument on the motion on notice urged the court to expedite the hearing as the governorship election, central to the litigation has been scheduled for Nov. 16, 2019.

However, Counsel to APC, Sydney Ibanichuka submitted that though the election has been fixed, the respondents were entitled to exhaust the 21-day time window allowed by the rules of the court to respond to the claims of the plaintiff.

Ruling on the motion, Justice Jane Inyang noted that though time was of the essence in the substantive case, the principle of fair hearing demands that the respondents give reasonable time within her discretion to respond.

Inyang, therefore, abridged the 21-day time frame for respondents to file a response to 14 days and adjourned to Nov 4 for hearing.

Alaibe a brother, political ally – Senator Douye Diri

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has said he only disagreed politically with a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, but that they remain brothers.

Senator Diri also said efforts were ongoing to reconcile all aspirants in the September 4 primary election of the party and that the PDP was formidable enough to win the November 16 governorship election in the state.

The federal lawmaker, who defeated 20 others, including Alaibe, to emerge the PDP flag bearer, spoke during an interactive session with senior journalists and bureau chiefs of media organisations in Abuja.

His words: “For clarity, a lot of people saw me as a staff of NDDC but I wasn’t. I was a political ally and a close person to Chief Timi Alaibe, believing that we were going to enthrone a government in Bayelsa that would be more responsive to the people.

“I was with Chief Alaibe for about 10 years. One thing or the other happened in each election we attempted. Then he would return to NDDC. A few of us didn’t feel very comfortable with that.

“Just to let you know, we hail from the same local government area. So he is my brother. I see him as a brother and I believe that he too sees me as one.”

He however noted that they parted ways when he (Diri) accepted to join Governor Seriake Dickson’s campaign before the 2012 election in the state.

“Being a former colleague, he (Dickson) invited me to be a part of the campaigns. In fact, when I accepted the offer and informed Chief Alaibe, my political ally at that time, he didn’t take it kindly. That was how we parted ways. So, I joined Governor Dickson, we campaigned, went into the election and he won in 2012.”

The former teacher, Ijaw activist and sports commissioner further stated that his emergence as the party’s standard bearer was divine as well as the result of broad consultation with key stakeholders, including former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He narrated how as a Reps member he prevented an attempt by some of his colleagues to humiliate the former president.

“The former president was my governor. I worked under him as commissioner and that tells you the relationship that I had with him. Before then, even while I was Executive Secretary of the Bayelsa Youth Development Centre, he was deputy governor under Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha. So we had known ourselves for a long while before he became president.

“While I was in the House of Representatives, there was a probe panel to investigate the former president. It was myself and Boma Goodhead from Rivers State that kicked against a decision by the committee to invite the former president to appear before the panel and not even the floor of the house. I found that very ridiculous and that brought about a serious disagreement between myself and a colleague from Kwara State, who was chairman of the committee. I saw in the national dailies the next day that I almost beat up the chairman. There was nothing like that. But I was visibly angry with what they were doing because I believe that no other former president had been so humiliated the way they wanted to humiliate him.

“So, I have a very cordial relationship with the former president and he was one of the key persons I consulted. I went to his house. He received me, and, in fact, took me to his wife. The wife was like our mother at that time he was governor. So, he gave me his blessings. I consulted very many other leaders before I finally went into the race.”

Diri described himself as a principled person and that he is neither a stooge nor an underdog in the governorship race. He said he would shock those who underestimate him.

“From my short profile I spoke about, it will be very clear to anyone in doubt about who I am, what I stand for and why I even accepted to work with the current governor. I told you that Sylva was in power for five years and I didn’t get into Bayelsa State. That tells you I am a man of principles. I choose my friends and those I want to work with. And I chose to work with Governor Dickson and I am very satisfied working with him.”

He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be an unbiased umpire and that the security agencies should be professional during the election.

“We have a fight ahead of us but I don’t see our opponents as being so strong on ground to defeat the PDP. If we have a free, fair and transparent election, the APC cannot win even a councillorship election in Bayelsa State. It is all the hype about federal might by using security apparatus to intimidate or using INEC to write results.

“Our appeal is that the security agencies must be professional. INEC must remain an unbiased umpire. If there is that fair playing field, the opponents are neither here nor there to contest in this election. ”

He said Governor Dickson is an exceptional leader who had performed very well in office and that some of his laudable policies would be sustained if he is elected.

Diri promised to involve more Bayelsans in the economic activities of the state and that he would pay greater attention to the issue of security.

“When we took over in 2012, the policy thrust on education came about because there was a lacuna in our educational sector. So the governor declared a state of emergency in that sector.

“I believe to a large extent, he has ameliorated most of the gaps that we discovered when we came into power. For instance, Bayelsa State was about thirty something (position) in all national examinations. But today, Bayelsa is among the first ten. That has been achieved to a level. I will continue with it and ensure that we go higher.

“Next will be the economy. Our local economy is neither here nor there. The sitting governor has tried to bring in solutions in agriculture, trying to look at our comparative advantage and I intend to build on that. I want us to have a local economy where our people will be directly involved.

“Today, the number of Bayelsans involved in economic activities is low. That will be one of our policy thrusts while not forgetting the issue of security. No government can thrive and do well without security. We are seeing bits of it at the federal level where the level of insecurity in the country is so high.

“Those are the things I will build on. But that is not to say we will neglect other sectors.”