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Bayelsa yet to begin palliative distributions. [Nigeria]


Bayelsa Government is yet to commence the distribution of donations from corporate bodies and individuals, to cushion the effect of the stay-at-home directive imposed to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Zedekiah Isu, Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, in Yenagoa on Thursday, said that the government was working on how to ensure judicious disbursement.

Isu said the agency had earlier distributed food items meant for the 2019 flood victims, which was initially kept at its warehouse, following the approval of Gov. Douye Diri two weeks ago.

According to him, the Bayelsa Government has approved the procurement of more food items to assist the needy to cope with the restrictions imposed to check the spread of the coronavirus.

It would be recalled that the disbursement which was done at the local government levels was characterised by reports of diversion of 200 bags of garri.

But Isu, who denied the reports, said that officials of the agency had no case to answer, as they were overpowered by hoodlums who forcefully carted away the food items after overwhelming the security personnel deployed to the area.

He said that the state had reinforced security around the stores where the palliatives were kept to forestall attack by hoodlums.

The state received cash and material donations from organisations such as the United Bank for Africa, that donated N28.5 million and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, that donated 300 bags of rice.

Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board supported the state with two truckloads of food items, as well as two ambulances and medical supplies, while 7Up Bottling Company donated a truckload of water and soft drinks.


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[Nigeria] Ben Murray-Bruce mourn death of former Bayelsa’s governorship aspirant.


Former Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district, Ben Murray-Bruce has taken to his Twitter account to pay tribute to former Bayelsa Governorship apsirant, Keniebi Okoko.

The billionaire politician died while reportedly undergoing a liposuction surgery in Lagos on April 14. It was gathered that he died in the theater room in Lagos because of power outage, as the back up generator refused to come up.

Ben Murray-Bruce who confirmed the death of the deceased on Twitter, described him as a “star”. He also sent out condolences to all the loved ones Keniebi left behind.

He wrote,
I am saddened by the news of the death of my friend and brother, Keniebi Okoko. The Ijaw Nation and indeed Nigeria has lost a star. My condolences to all the loved ones my friend, Keniebi, left behind. May his soul rest in peace.


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COVID-19: Bayelsa commence total lockdown. [Nigeria]


Bayelsa State will from midnight Monday revert to its earlier order on lockdown of the state as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The government had last Thursday relaxed its lockdown directive on worship centres to enable Christians participate in the Easter celebrations.


Churches were allowed to have 50 worshippers at a time while smaller churches were permitted to have 20 worshippers for their Easter programmes.

Governor Douye Diri in a statement by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Monday said the Easter celebrations were over but the battle against COVID-19 was still on.


Governor Diri, while thanking the churches for complying with the directive during Easter, said reverting to the total lockdown of the state underscored the importance his administration placed on safety and well-being of residents.

He said,


“The directive on total lockdown of the state, which was earlier relaxed due to the Easter celebration, has now been reinstated.

“I commend the churches for their compliance level as the reports I got were encouraging.

“Let us continue with the same zeal and commitment in order to prevent the virus from entering our state. So far, we have done well.

“I equally commend the dedication of the COVID-19 Task Force, the health personnel as well as the security agencies that have been working tirelessly to keep our state safe.”


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PETAN donate items to 3 states in Nigeria.


As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) endeavours, and in its efforts to alleviate the anguish of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) is partnering with the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to donate ambulances, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment to Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State governments respectively.

This was made known by the newly elected Chairman of the Association, Mr. Nik Odinuwe, in Port Harcourt. He said the association is aware of the immense strain COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the healthcare system in Nigeria, and that, with PETAN’s donation, he hopes a substantial fight against this virus will be won, in the three states and the entire country.


Echoing some of the sentiments of the Chairman, Dr. Lucky Akhiwu, the Publicity Secretary of the Association, said the whole country is working tirelessly to slowdown the spread of Coronavirus and that PETAN will be proud to help on a continuous basis.

According to him, PETAN member companies are presently reaching out to their host communities, to provide them with palliative materials to help ease their struggles in this time of need. In his final remark, Odinuwe thanked the health care personnel for their selflessness in the fight against the virus, and urged members of the public to stay in their homes, wash their hands regularly, and comply with the stipulated social distance gap.

PETAN, as a reputable association, continuously takes care of the well being of her staff, and now is working in close association with her members host communities, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.


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Ahmad Lawan mourn Ben Murray-Bruce Wife’s death.


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condoled with Senator Ben Murray-Bruce over the death of his wife, Evelyn Murray-Bruce.

Lawan commiserated with the entire family of the Senator who represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the Eighth Senate and the people of Bayelsa State over the tragic loss.


He said the late Mrs Murray- Bruce was a pillar of support for her husband and their entire family, saying her untimely passage has left a void that will be difficult to fill.

Lawan urged Senator Murray-Bruce to take solace from the enviable life that she lived and the fond memories she left with all those whose lives she touched.

The Senate President prayed that God will comfort the Senator, the children and other loved ones she left behind and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.


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Breaking: Ben Murray-Bruce’s wife dies from cancer.


Former Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Ben Murray-Bruce, has just lost his wife of 41 years to cancer.

NobleReporters gathered that he lost his wife whom he described as his best friend of 43-years-old to cancer.


Confirming this, Murray-Bruce took to his twitter page to announce the sad news.

He tweeted,

“I’m broken. Just lost my beautiful wife to cancer. She was my best friend for 43 years and my wife for 41 years. Cancer is real, but it shouldn’t be a death sentence – awareness, and early detection and treatment are key to survival. I miss her so so much. I’m broken.

“Our children are devastated, I am too. But I have to be strong for them. Please put our family in your prayers. Like the sun, my wife was a blessing and touched the lives of everyone she met.

“Though she’s gone, she’d remain alive in our hearts forever.”


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COVID-19: Bayelsa, Cross Rivers sensitize streets, markets.


Bayelsa government and Cross Rivers government took to action as the rally to sensitize communes on COVID-19. NobleReporters report

The Bayelsa Government has embarked on street-to-street and market-to-market campaign in the state to create awareness on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Dr Martins Bekesu, Executive Secretary, State Primary Healthcare Baord, said at the commencement of the campaign on Wednesday in Yenagoa that the exercise was to enlighten the public on the deadly virus.

Bekesu said the campaign tagged: “Say No to Coronavirus’’ would be taken to all nooks and crannies of the state, including homes, motor parks, churches and other areas.


“Today, Wednesday, we are flagging-off an awareness campaign on Coronavirus . I must inform you that the state government is building a strong surveillance and public health system to control the spread of the virus.

“I join all citizens of Nigeria, who are resident in Bayelsa in the fight against Coronavirus through detecting and prompt reporting to the Epidemiology Division of the state Ministry of Health for quick response.


“On protection: wash your hands frequently with soap or use alcoholic based sanitiser when there is no water.

“Cover your mouth and nose properly with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing.


“Dispose tissue paper after use. Avoid contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness like cough and sneezing among others,’’ he said.

Dr Yerinbuluemi Stowe, Director of Public Health in the state, said the campaign was to educate the people on the disease.


“Many are yet to believe that the disease is real but with this awareness campaign in the villages, markets and parks, they will understand that COVID-19 is real. Let us say no to deadly virus.

“The state government has also trained health officers across the eight Local Government Areas on possible means of preventing and controlling the disease,’’ Stowe said.

With WHO declaring Corona Virus (COVID-19) a Global Pandemic and barely 24hrs ago Nigeria recorded another case of Corona virus in Lagos different from index case, the CRSMOH under the leadership of the workaholic and assiduous Commissioner Dr Betta Edu has called on Cross Riverians to be on alert and report any suspected case to the State Ministry of Health. She advised that for this period the Ministry of Health must be notified of every big meeting, gathering or event to enable us deploy teams that will screen everyone going into the event. As much as possible we must avoid big gatherings.

She has asked that Cross Riverians especially children and the elderly should avoid foreign trips for now except they are very essential. People having signs and symptoms should self Isolate and immediately call for evaluation and movement to the isolation center. If you see any suspected case of fever, headache, cough, sneezing, etc should report.

In collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) Cross River State Chapter has taken the sensitization awareness campaign for COVID-19, LASSA FEVER, and other Viral Diseases to the highly populated Etim Edem Park and Marian Market.

An event which had the Health Boss Dr Betta Edu, the DG CRSPHCDA Dr Janet Ekpenyong, WHO representative Dr Raju, the State Epidemiologist Mrs Inyang Ekpenyong and other important health personnel recorded success as the Honorable Commissioner for Health in her usual way sensitized the masses on the possible preventive measures with the good news of the State being free of the said virus.

She listed all necessary efforts put forth by the State Government to curb/manage any case. She threw more light on the equipment of the Isolation Center at UCTH to a WHO approved standard and the desire of Sen Prof Ben Ayade to keep doing more..

The DG CRSPHCDA Dr Janet Ekpenyong advised market men and women on regular hand washing to avoid contacting this viral diseases. She solicited that anyone with symptoms relating to what they’ve just be sensitized about should visit the nearest health facility or call the State Epidemiologist on 08038699957 as the State is prepared to tackle any suspected case.

The exercise ended with a practical demonstration led by the commissioner on hand washing and hand sanitization as thousands of hand sanitizers were being shared to the masses who applauded the State Governor with the regular shout of DIGITAL! DIGITAL!! DIGITAL!!! AYADE IS WORKING!!


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Buhari is my father – Bayelsa Governor, Diri Douye says

as he said buhari received in as son during his visit to Aso rock••


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Diri Douye, have just held a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The brief meeting ended about 1.39pm.


Douye, who said Buhari received him as “one of his sons”, explained that he went to Aso Rock to greet the President and formally present himself to him as the father of the nation.He told State House Correspondents after the meeting that the visit was the first time he did so formally since his inauguration on February 14.


The governor spoke further, “Since my inauguration, this is the first time I have come to see Mr President and to promise to work with the Federal Government for the security and peace of the nation.“He received me as one of his sons.


“He went ahead to advise me and to say that he is happy that I came and that he is happy with the way I started.“He said he read about all the statements I have made on security. Bayelsa is critical to peace in the country. If there is security there, then the whole country is at peace.”Recall that Douye became the governor of the state following the February 13 judgment of the Supreme Court, which sacked the All Progressives Congress Governor-elect, Mr David Lyon, just 24 hours to his inauguration at that time.


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Nigeria: 2 herdsmen arrested in Bayelsa.


Charles Biweribo, a police sergeant with the Bayelsa State Command, was on Tuesday attacked by two herdsmen while preventing their cattle from gazing on a private property.

The incident occurred at an uncompleted hotel close to the flyover at Azikoro Road in Yenagoa, the state capital.


Confirming the attack to SaharaReporters, spokesperson for the police in the state, Anisimi Butswat, said the herdsmen also attempted to disarm the policeman during the attack.

He said, “On 10/03/2020 at about 0700 hours, one Dautra Abakara and Agonto Gimta amongst others, entered the premises of a leading construction company’s yard at the uncompleted Basket Tower Hotel, Azikoro, with cows for grazing.


“The policemen on duty and civilian guards asked them to leave the premises, the herders refused.

“In an attempt to arrest them, one of the herdsmen tried to disarm a policeman, the officer’s cocked rifle exploded and the bullet pierced his right foot.

“The suspects have been arrested and detained for further Investigation.”


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Boy of 13 stabbed brother of 20 to death in Bayelsa, Nigeria.


A 13-year-old boy stabbed his elder brother to death while they were engaged in an argument.

Ebikari Andrew, 13, stabbed Tarikebina Andrew, 20, to death at Jehovah Witness Road, off Goodnews Street in Azikoro, Bayelsa State.


The brothers were at a friend’s house at about 9pm on Saturday, March 7, when Tarikebina noticed Ebikari was falling asleep already. He asked him to go back home, since their house is only a few meters away. However, Ebikari refused.


His refusal led to a disagreement between them and, in anger, Ebi went into their friend’s kitchen and brought out a knife with which he stabbed his elder brother.

Tarikebina was rushed to the Federal Medical Center Yenagoa where he was confirmed dead due to internal bleeding.


Consequently, their father reportedly took his son’s corpse home and hurriedly buried him to avoid a police investigation that could lead to the arrest of his younger son.

However, neighbours contacted the police and they responded to the scene and arrested the suspect and the boys’ father.

The police also ordered the body of the murdered boy to be exhumed, and it was later taken to the hospital.

The suspect and his father are in police custody for interrogation and possible prosecution on the matter.


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Breaking: Former Bayelsa Governor praise Buhari for appointing Pondei


Former Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei as acting managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Dickson, who described Pondei as hard working, urged him to use his experience to clean up NDDC for optimum performance.


A statement yesterday by his media aide, Fidelis Soriwei, admonished Pondei to focus on failed policies, projects and wastages responsible for the commission’s failure. He enjoined him to collaborate with governors in the region to actualise the agency’s objectives.

He said: “I congratulate Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei for his well-deserved appointment as acting managing director of NDDC. I also laud President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Godswill Akpabio for the appointment.

“I call on Prof. Pondei to use his experience to sanitise NDDC. As a Bayelsan, Prof. Pondei is aware of the failed policies, projects and wastages which account for NDDC’s under-performance. I, therefore, urge him to work loyally with the minister, the governor and government of Bayelsa State, and other Niger Delta states, to reposition NDDC in achieving its desired objectives for the benefit of Bayelsa State and the region.”


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Bayelsa election: Supreme court allege their decision is final


The Supreme Court, yesterday, declined to reverse its judgment that sacked David Lyon and Degi-Eremieoyo as governor and deputy-governor elect of Bayelsa State.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of Justices headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, dismissed the two different applications that sought to set aside the judgment it delivered against Lyon and his deputy on February 13.


Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, lauded the apex court for upholding the election of Senator Duoye Diri as governor of Bayelsa State.

In the lead decision by Justice Amina Augie, the apex court, described the fresh applications that were filed by Lyon, his deputy and the All Progressive Congress, APC, as “highly vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse of the judicial process.”


She held that the applications were aimed at “desecrating the sanctity of the court,” stressing that it was an invitation for the Supreme Court to sit on appeal over its final judgment.

Justice Augie said, “It is clear that the two applications lack merit and constituted an abuse of court process.” She said there was no doubt that the applications were aimed to review a final judgment of the apex court, in violation of Order 8 Rule 2 of the Supreme Court Act.


Justice Augie stressed that the use of the mandatory word “Shall” in the said Order 8, was an indication that such application for review of a final judgment of the court was bound to fail.

“The court is not authorized and lacks the jurisdiction to review its judgment,” she held, adding that the applicants failed to either show that there was any clerical error, accidental slip or commission, or that any aspect of the judgment needed to be varied.


She said the sole aim of the applicants was to set-aside “operative and substantive parts of the judgment,” despite the provision of section 235 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, that gave the Supreme Court the final say in every appeal.

“Once this court has finally determined an issue, it is functus-officio. It is final forever, only legislation can alter it. It is final for all ages. No force on earth can get this court to shift its position on Bayelsa matter,” she held.


She said even if the apex court was minded to review its judgment, there was no guarantee that the PDP and its candidates would not also file their own application for a review.

“There must be an end to litigation to ensure certainty in the law. There must be finality to the decision of the court.” Justice Augie held that if the applications were not dismissed, “every disaffected litigant will bring appeals ad-infinitum. This must not be allowed.”

She expressed disappointment that counsel to the applicants, being senior members of the legal profession, encouraged their clients to desecrate the sanctity of the apex court. Consequently, Justice Augue awarded a cost of N10million each against Lyon, Degi-Eremieoyo and APC, to be paid in favour of Governor Diri, his deputy, Lawrence Ewhruojakpo and the PDP.

She ordered that the cost should be personally paid by lawyers to all the applicants.


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What I Secretly Did To Become Bayelsa Governor – Douye Diri


On Sunday, Douye Diri, newly sworn in Bayelsa State Governor said it was a miracle that he was the governor of the state.

He stated that he lost hope of being the governor following the victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Mr David Lyon, and the judgment of the Court of Appeal. He spoke to journalists in Abuja.

According to him, “I christen myself a miracle governor. I christen myself as a miracle governor. At a point, everybody gave up. We were the only party (PDP) the APC could not approach. We filed in court. The only place we had hope was in the judiciary.

“The case between the APC and the PDP was thrown out. The APC applauded the Supreme Court and on Thursday, February 13, 2020 the hammer came. We were in the wilderness and a torturous journey but here we are a miracle governor. They attempted to use the so-called federal might to impose somebody on Bayelsa. There were those who said there will be no governor in Bayelsa State. To the glory of God, Bayelsa State has a governor. I am indeed a miracle governor.”

Diri said he was not afraid of the allegation that his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, presented a forged certificate of exemption from the National Youth Service Corps to the Independent National Electoral Commission.


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Politicians planning violence in Bayelsa – IYC alleges


The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has hinted of a plot by disgruntled politicians to visit Bayelsa State with violence ahead of the Supreme Court review of the judgement that upturned the Governorship victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa.


The IYC said desperate politicians were bent in causing chaos including a coordinated attack of oil installations in the state against the overall interest of the Ijaw nation.

The IYC, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Alfred Kemepado, warned against the plot and urged persons involved in it to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance.


Kemepado, while congratulating Senators Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor on their inaugurations as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, asked persons angry at the twist in the state to explore legal or political means to address their grievances.

He said instead of planning violence, aggrieved persons should follow democratic procedures to ensure peace and stability in the interest of the Ijaw nation.


Kemepado also called on security agencies to be at alert to nip any signs of violence in the bud before they loom large to avoid loss of lives and properties.

He appealed to the incumbent governor to accommodate all Ijaw people in and outside Bayelsa state irrespective of their political persuasions.


Kemepado further called on all Ijaw people especially in Bayelsa to join the new government in the task of building the state, which is the only homogeneous ijaw state in the country.

He condemned in strong terms the persons, who turned a peaceful protest in Yenagoa to a violent rampage that led to the destruction and looting of properties in the capital city.


He insisted that nobody,s ambition was worth the blood of any ijaw person.

He said: “If any person or party feels aggrieved by the Supreme court judgments that consequentially made Sen. Douye Diri Governor, such persons should approach the courts for redress or seek political solutions rather than indulge in any unlawful activity that could endanger life and property in any part of Ijaw land.


“All Ijaws are equal and have right to aspire to become anything in Ijaw land. The IYC warns against incitement of the state and the region to violence because of politics, stressing that politicians are less than one percent of the population of ijaws who go about their lawful businesses daily.

“We also warn some persons to desist from activities that could put the state and the region in a bad light. Any person or group of persons, who make themselves available for paid violence in the Niger Delta is totally on the wrong side of history.

“We want to also caution the political class and paymasters of instability to desist forthwith as their selfish plots and activities are known to all.

“We stress that instead of plotting instability for the state because of self serving political ambitions, everybody should come together to build a more peaceful and prosperous Bayelsa State”.


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Bayelsa: David Lyon calls for calm, says don’t blame my opposition


David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November governorship election in Bayelsa state, has asked people not to blame Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, his running mate, for his removal.

Although Lyon was declared winner of the election, the supreme court sacked him on the grounds that his running mate presented forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


Twenty-four hours later, Douye Diri, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, was sworn in as governor.

In a statement signed by Alphine Ogoh, his media aide, Lyon appealed to his supporters to remain calm and allow the legal team of the party to explore “all remedies available in law to restore the mandate of the people”.


He described as “unfounded” the allegations that he was encouraging people to engage in violence following the judgment.

He said stakeholders have the liberty to express their opinions on issues but it should be within the ambit of the law.


“Chief David Lyon reassures Nigerians and the peace-loving people of Bayelsa state that as a law-abiding citizen, he will never support, sponsor or direct anyone to engage in acts inimical to the progress and wellbeing of the same people he seeks to govern, ” the statement read.

“Chief David Lyon insists that those who know him and have interacted with him can attest to the indisputable fact that he is a peace-loving person.


”Chief David Lyon has respect for civil liberty and believes in legal and democratic processes of resolving issues.

“Chief David Lyon also believes that in a democracy, the court is the last hope of the common man. Following the court pronouncement, he has been preoccupied with exploring all legal processes and remedies available in the constitution in the exercise of his fundamental human rights to address the unfortunate incident.


“As a leader, Chief David Lyon implores every Bayelsan, who believes in him and his vision for the state not to blame his running mate for the unfortunate development.”

He noted that a peaceful and stable Bayelsa is what he aspires to govern and improve upon as a legacy for all.

David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

“Chief David Lyon calls on all political leaders irrespective of their party affiliations to call their teeming supporters to order. He insists that nobody should take laws into their hand,” he said.

“He also expresses his faith and confidence in the judicial process and the Supreme Court, in particular, noting that at the end of the day, justice will be done to the good people of Bayelsa State.”


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Bayelsa protest: APC blames PDP


The All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, exonerated itself from the protest at the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, blaming the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the sponsor.


APC’s deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, told journalists that the protest was sponsored by the PDP as a smokescreen to portray the Bayelsa State APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, and his supporters in bad light.

“Nobody should be fooled by the usual antics of the PDP. Resort to extra-judicial tactics, such as maligning the judiciary and its officials is their stock in trade. The same hired urchins the PDP chairman, Uche Secondus, has used for his senseless protests at the embassies of the UK, US and the European Union were used for Tuesday’s protests at Justice Odili’s residence.


“The APC national leadership is already pursuing all legal avenues to contest the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Duoye Diri as Bayelsa governor, having failed to meet the mandatory constitutional requirement to become the governor.

“Also, our leaders have already told our supporters to avoid violent confrontations, while legal avenues are sought to review INEC’s unconstitutional decision. Our people have listened and are confident our judicial system will ensure that the people’s will and justice is done,” Nabena said.


But in its response, the PDP said Nigerians know the propensity and capacity of the APC to intimidate the opposition and members of the civil society.

PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, told Daily Sun that the agenda of the APC was to silence leaders of the opposition and members of the civil society.


“You know that they are in hallucination mood. Theirs is a confused party that is leading a confused government. We are not surprised that they are hallucinating. Nigerians know who they are. And Nigerians have not forgotten how members of their party burnt a woman leader of our party to death in Kogi State.

“Nigerians are aware how their national chairman , Adams Oshiomhole, made an inciting statement that led to arson, vandalism and destruction of government property as well as the property of our members and leaders of our party in Bayelsa State. Nigerians also know that APC is out to silence the leaders of the opposition in Nigeria as well as members of the civil society, in order to kill our democracy.


“As a matter of fact, Nigerians are surprised that Adams Oshiomhole is still walking the streets a free man after the inciting statements that led to arson in Bayelsa State, consequent upon which our party urged the Inspector-General to take him in for questioning and make him answerable for the crisis and crime against humanity in Edo and Bayelsa states.

“So, Nigerians know those who have the capacity and propensity to embark on intimidation and protest at the residence of a justice of the Supreme Court in the person of Justice Mary Odili. And we want to emphasise once again that Oshiomhole should be held responsible, should any harm befall Justice Mary Odili or any of the justices of the Supreme Court.”

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Former governor of Bayelsa, Timipre preaches peace


Ex-Governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva Calls for Calm in the State
I want to use this moment to call on all the people of our dear State, Bayelsa, to kindly shun all acts of violence and lawlessness.

Also of great importance to me is to extend my profound apology to our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedule which was caused by the events of the moment.


I am aware that Mr. President and his lovely wife, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari had concluded arrangements to travel to Bayelsa to witness the inauguration of the APC Governorship candidate as Governor of Bayelsa State. I therefore extend my apology to Mr. President and members of his entourage.

To the good people of Bayelsa State, I would like to emphasize the need for restraint at all times. No doubt the events of the last few days are as provocative as they are regrettable. But however tempting it might be for anyone to take the law into their hands, such temptation must be resisted in the greater interest of our state and the political stability of the country at large.


The leadership of our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its team of legal experts to study the situation critically and proffer legal options available to the party, accordingly. We should therefore all remain faithful to & have confidence in, the wisdom and ability of the party leadership to provide direction at this very sensitive time.

Once again I call on all people of Bayelsa State irrespective of whatever differences there may be, to eschew violence and respect the security measures put in place by appropriate authorities. Let me conclude by assuring Mr. President and our party hierarchy that despite this temporary setback, APC in Bayelsa State remains strong and its members resolute in our support for the ideals of a greater and prosperous Nigeria as envisioned by our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.

Ex-Governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva

The mandate will be restored and that dream of a better, greater Bayelsa State will be actualized

Thank you and God bless Bayelsa State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

H.E Chief Timipre Sylva


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Bayelsa: APC demand fresh governorship election


NobleReporters learnt that the ruling All Progressives Congress has demanded a fresh election in Bayelsa State.

The party said the swearing-in of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor is unconstitutional as he did not meet the mandatory constitutional requirement.

The national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, in a letter of appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission, affirmed the supremacy of the Supreme Court nullification of its governorship candidate’s victory, but argued that the sworn-in candidate, Duoye Diri, also failed to meet the mandatory requirement to become the governor.


The letter, which was forwarded to the national chairman of INEC, was titled,’ Judgement in Appeal No: SC.1/2020 between Peoples Democratic Party Request for conduct of fresh governorship election in Bayelsa State’.

It said the court judgement did not void the votes that the APC polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the party must be reckoned with.


‘’Kindly recall that the Governorship election in Bayelsa State was conducted on the 16th November, 2019 and our great party, the All Progressives Congress, duly participated at the said election. You will also recall that the All Progressives Congress emerged victorious at the election leading to our Lyon David Pereworinimi being declared and returned as winner of the election,’’ the letter reads.

‘’Our attention has been drawn to the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on 14th February 2020 in the pre-election appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and its governorship as well as deputy governorship,’’ Mr Oshiomhole wrote.


‘‘In the said judgement of the Supreme Court, the candidature of our governorship and deputy governorship candidates were nullified and the commission was ordered to issue fresh certificate of returns with the highest number of votes and with the required geographical spread.

‘’It is however to be noted that the Supreme Court did not void the votes that our party polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the All Progressives Congress must be reckoned with in determining whether any other candidate polled majority of lawful votes cast in one-quarter of at least two thirds majority of the state.


‘‘We have reviewed the judgement of the Supreme Court and we are of the firm opinion that the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party cannot be issued certificate of return and or sworn in as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.

‘‘We are aware of that section 179(1)(b) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria mandatorily requires a candidate for an election to the office of governor of a state to have not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two thirds of all the local government areas in the state before the candidate can be deemed to have been duly elected as the Governor of the State. This mandatory requirement was affirmed by the supreme court in the judgement under reference.”


The letter highlighted that Bayelsa State has eight local government areas, hence the two thirds of at least eight local government areas will be approximated to six local government areas.

“From the results announced and duly published by the commission, it is clear that no candidates meet this mandatory constitutional requirement, including the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party who only managed to poll one quarter of the votes cast in only five local government areas,” the APC said.

The party said its position is fortified by the fact that there is a condition precedent to the winner being issued a certificate of return.

“The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party or any other candidate whatsoever, none satisfies the requirement of one quarter of the votes cast in at least 2/3 of the local government areas in the state as required by the supreme court judgement further request that a fresh election be conducted by the commission for the office of the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State,” the letter highlighted.


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Bayelsa: Douye Diri sworn in despite APC protest {Video}


The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State, Senator Duoye Diri, has been sworn in as governor.


His swearing-in comes a day after the Supreme Court sacked the former governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the Certificate of Return that had been issued to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election.


The court then ordered INEC to issue a fresh Certificate-of-Return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which was the PDP.

Hours before the swearing-in on Friday, INEC officially declared Diri as the winner of the election in the state.

He was sworn-in along with his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

While delivering his acceptance speech, the new governor asked Bayelsan’s to embrace each other in love and avoid hatred which he believes would only inhibit the growth and development of the state.


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{Photo} Rampage at Gov. Dickson’s residence, properties destroyed by angry protesters


The rampaging protesters who attacked the residence of new Bayelsa governor-elect, Duoye Diri also attacked the Opolo residence of the outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson and destroyed property including vehicles.

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson

 Bayelsa: Outgoing Governor Seriake Dickson


#Newsworthy…

Bayelsa: PDP set to inaugurate Douye Diri


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced preparation for the inauguration of the governor-elect, Senator Douye Diri and the deputy- governor elect, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpo.

According to investigations Diri and Ewhrujakpo who have been issued their certificates of return at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja are on their way to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The state executive council chamber is presently being prepared for the inauguration ceremony.


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