Bayelsa: Lyon, Diri before the law

TUNDE OYESINA reviewed the Supreme Court’s judgement which sacked Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 24hours before inauguration and concluded that the APC paid for its inability to put its house in order   T he judgement of Thursday, last week will continue to be a reference point in the nation’s jurisprudence wherein the Supreme Court nullified election of the Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on the grounds that his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo submitted a forged certificate to…

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Bayelsa guber: Declare state of emergency in Nembe over killings – Diri

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s Bayelsa State governorship election, Douye Diri has said that a state of emergency should be declared in Nembe Local Government Area where he alleged that the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC), maimed about six of their members on Wednesday. He made the plea in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Friday morning on a live radio programme. The PDP candidate said: “What APC is doing in Nembe is not different from what Boko Haram is doing in…

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Traditional rulers, Jonathan’s kinsmen endorse Diri

A head of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State, the kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan led by the traditional rulers from Ogbia  Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, have adopted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Douye Diri. The people of Ogbia Local Government Area including indigenes reposed confidence in the capability of the joint ticket of Senators Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo to improve on the developmental standard set by Governor Seriake Dickson. In their display of solidarity, business activity was put on hold to…

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A cultural celebration turned to campaign

For more than three years, the Igbo day celebration, which used to be a yearly event was not held by the Igbo in Bayelsa State. The reason is not farfetched. There has been leadership tussle among the Igbo in the state as two Igbo factional presidents have been parading themselves as leaders in Bayelsa State. One Chinedu Amakau is recognized by the state government and one Mark Nlem was appointed by the Ohanaeze National leadership as interim Chairman while a new election will be conducted. But unfortunately that election was…

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Diri calls for unity in PDP ahead of Nov 16 polls

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has again called for unity among members of the party in order to achieve victory at the poll. He particularly urged those who contested the PDP primaries with him and still feeling aggrieved to sheath their swords and support him in the collective interest of the party. The PDP candidate, who was spoke yesterday in Yenagoa, the state capital, during an interactive session with journalists at the Press Centre, Nigeria Union of…

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I’m not an underdog in Bayelsa guber race –Diri

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, in this interview with Onwuka Nzeshi, speaks on his vision for the state      What are you doing to reconcile all those who contested for the PDP governorship ticket with you to ensure there is no rancour within the party as you go into the election in November? We’re trying our best. Even now, the process is still ongoing. We are calling them and moving to make peace with everyone.…

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Bayelsa guber: Diri wins PDP ticket

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa Senator Douye Diri from Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Primaries ahead of the state’s governorship election scheduled to hold in November 16. Diri, who is presently the senator representing Bayelsa central senatorial district, defeated the other contenders after securing 561 votes. Timi Alaibe came second with a total of 365 followed by Keniebi Okoko who got 142 votes. The total number of registered voters were1253 while voided votes were 16. The major opposition party in the state,…

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