Run all-inclusive government, PDP tells Douye

*As protests rock Bayelsa

Onyekachi Eze, Abuja and Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the new Bayelsa State governor, Senator Diri Douye to run all-inclusive government even as protests have broken out in Yenagoa, the state capital, and some other places over the Supreme Court judgement sacking David Lyon as governor-elect.

PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke Friday when the governor and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo presented their Certificates of Return, said it is God that gives power not man.

“This victory is dedicated to God Almighty because as we know, power cometh from God not from man and in this case, it was a long journey to freedom.

“Now is the time for us to come together especially the people of Bayelsa State. It is not in the falling, but it is in the rising according to Mandela,” he said.

Secondus advised him to establish the Truth and Reconciliation committee, and called for genuine reconciliation of all Bayelsans.

Meanwhile, a series of protests continued to rock the Bayelsa State capital on Friday because of the sacking of Lyon and his deputy Degi Eremienyo by the Supreme Court.

The protest had erupted on Thursday night at Tombia axis of the state where APC protesters blocked the road and burnt tyres to express their grievances.

On Friday, as early as 7am, thousands of protesters all APC and David Lyon supporters filed out again marching from the APC secretariat to Government House where they blocked the gates burning tyres and chanting “No David Lyon, No Bayelsa”.

The whole of Yenagoa metropolis was already locked down as at the time of filling in this report as a result of the protest.

People also remained indoors for fear of crisis being erupted as shops and markets remained closed.

Amaechi Okoro, who spoke to New Telegraph, said: “I went to Tombia area this morning but all of a sudden, everybody started running helter-skelter. That was how I ran as fast as my legs can carry me.

“The road is now deserted. No Keke on the road for now. I don’t know what is happening there now.”

It was also learnt that protests were also taking place at Nembe community.

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