BAYELSA: Amid rigidity Diri takes over, sues for peace, love


Senator Diri Duruoye
•Guarantees diligent service•Protest rocks Yenagoa over Supreme Courtroom judgement•Diri’s dwelling vandalised•Police impose nightfall to daybreak curfew•PANDEF sues for peace•PDP victory is God’s will-Dickson•Commendation Galore As Dickson Holds Valedictory Session•Be a superb ambassador of PDP, Secondus cost Diri•Okowa urges PDP, Diri to reconcile aggrieved social gathering members
By Clifford Ndujihe, Samuel Oyadongha, Festus Ahon, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Emem Idio, Dirisu Yakubu, Omeiza Ajayi & Ozioruva Aliu
DESPITE preliminary violence and rigidity that rocked Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Senator Douye Diri was yesterday sworn-in as governor of Bayelsa State alongside his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, at a vibrant ceremony held on the Authorities Home.
The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC’s declaration of Senator Diri as winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship ballot, earlier within the day, in obedience to the Supreme Courtroom judgement, paved the best way for Diri’s inauguration, which began at 6.20 pm, yesterday.

Diri’s swearing-in got here because the All Progressives Congress, APC, rejected the INEC’s choice to return Diri as winner of the Bayelsa governorship election and vowed to discover authorized choices in opposition to it.
Certainly, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chairman of APC Governors Discussion board, and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu met behind closed doorways on the Aso Villa, yesterday, over what sources mentioned was in reference to the Bayelsa growth.
The Supreme Courtroom, on Thursday, sacked  Bayelsa governor-elect, Mr David Lyon and his operating mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, over perjury on the a part of the latter.
Police impose nightfall to daybreak curfew
Following the violent protests that rocked Yenagoa, the state Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, yesterday, imposed a nightfall to daybreak curfew within the State from 8:pm to 6am from Friday to Sunday.
CP Anozia, who addressed the media on the Bayelsa State Authorities Home shortly earlier than the swearing-in ceremony was flanked by heads of different safety companies within the state.
He mentioned eight suspects had been arrested in reference to the violent protests.
The CP who warned in opposition to the violation of the curfew suggested members of the general public to remain indoors because the safety companies will arrest and prosecute anybody who violates the curfew.
He additionally suggested the general public to stay calm because the safety companies are poised to safe lives and properties within the state.
In the meantime, the PDP has known as on the Inspector Basic of Police to cease APC Nationwide Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over his stance on the apex courtroom verdict.
Why swearing-in was completed in Govt Home
Till Thursday afternoon, the Samson Siasia Stadium  was the venue for the inauguration. David Lyon had additionally completed gown rehearsals for the occasion. Nevertheless, the Supreme Courtroom ruling altered preparations. The change of baton to PDP, violence that greeted the choice, delay in Diri getting certificates of return from INEC and returning to Yenagoa meant a change of venue.
The gate to the closely fortified however restricted sprawling Authorities Home advanced was opened to Bayelsans to witness the swearing in ceremony of Senator Diri Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor.
Earlier yesterday, rigidity heightened in Yenagoa    as supporters of the APC took to the streets to protest the  Supreme Courtroom ruling which voided APC’s Chief David Lyon’s election because the state governor-elect.
The protest paralysed industrial actions within the capital and its environs.
Filling stations, markets and outlets  had been hurriedly shut down when the protesters resorted to burning tyres and destroying properties alongside the streets and highways.
The protesters, armed with placards, had been chanting, “No David Lyon, no Governor in Bayelsa State.”
Motorists had a troublesome time navigating by means of the normally busy Edepie axis of Mbiama-Yenagoa street.
The story was not totally different on the Yenizue-Gene stretch of the identical street internet hosting the secretariat of the APC the place protesters barricaded a piece of the street.
Saturday Vanguard realized that the event precipitated motorists to make detour on the Otiotio junction and Baybridge intersection to attach the Isaac Boro expressway.
The Amarata residence of the Senator Douyi Diri, positioned off Imgbi street, w  e fence.
The constructing window glasses and automobiles parked on the premises had been vandalised whereas cell phones and different valuables had been reportedly carted away by the invaders.
A girl mentioned to be a customer to the Diri household was injured in the course of the orgy of violence.
Additionally, the PDP secretariat, Onopa, and the sprawling shopping center advanced on the standard Ekeki Motor Park within the coronary heart of Yenagoa weren’t spared by the protesters who vent their anger on the constructions.
A number of the outlets on the bottom flooring of the mall had been vandalised. The fast intervention of males of the Nigerian Military on routine patrol saved the advanced from being looted.
Nevertheless, tight safety was mounted by a detachment of anti riot policemen, and Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps alongside the Onopa junction-Hospital junction stretch of the Melford Okilo specific street housing the Authorities Home, the State judicary advanced and civil service secretariat.
Diri guarantees diligent companies, cautions in opposition to  politics of bitterness
Regardless of the strain, Senator Douye Diri was yesterday night sworn in because the fifth democratically elected governor of Bayelsa State by the Chief decide, Justice Kate Abiri.
Additionally, sworn in was the deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor.
Clad in brown native Ijaw apparel, Diri who arrived the Authorities Home automotive park venue of the occasion at 6;15pm  was administered the oath of workplace and oath of allegiance by the State Chief Decide at precisely 6.50 pm amid tight safety.
Talking shortly after his inauguration, Senator Diri, who noticed a minute silence for the PDP supporters killed in Nembe in the course of the social gathering electioneering marketing campaign promised to serve the individuals diligently and shall be magnanimous in victory.
His phrases: “My expensive good individuals of Bayelsa State, that is the state that all of us wished to create, as a serving member of the Ijaw Nationwide Congress,INC, we traversed the size and breathe of Nigeria and all of us eager to create a state that we will develop in our area and right here we’re. At the moment we’ve got the state.

“We  have been sworn in at present and I counsel our PDP  members to be  magnanimous in victory.
“The bitterness, the acrimony, if we kill ourselves who’re we going to steer, are we going to steer animals? At the moment is February 14, a day of affection, as your Valentine Governor and Deputy Governor, we   carry you message of affection and peace, hope and a message of prosperity to Bayelsa State.
“Subsequently, allow us to   eschew bitterness and acrimony and be taught to like ourselves whether or not of the identical social gathering or totally different social gathering, primarily we’re brothers and sisters from Bayelsa State. And our creed at present is to serve you.
“We now have come to serve you, allow us to work collectively to serve you and I learn this creed that I’ve ready that myself and my dynamic deputy governor have determined to do.
“Lord make us an instrument of thy peace, the place there’s hatred allow us to present love, the place there’s damage allow us to learn to pardon as a result of if we don’t pardon, our heavenly father is not going to additionally pardon us. The place there’s doubt allow us to have religion the place there’s despair allow us to have hope, the place there’s darkness allow us to carry gentle, the place there’s disappointment allow us to carry pleasure.
“Oh Divine Grasp who has made this present day potential, grant us that we could not search a lot to be consoled as to consoled, to be understood as to grasp, to be liked as to like, for it’s in giving that obtain, allow us to even be givers. It’s in pardoning that we’re pardoned, it’s dying that we a born to everlasting life.”
Dignitaries current embody, the outgone Governor Seriake Dickson,
PDP Nationwide Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Governors of Oyo and Bauchi States Seyi Makinde and Senator Bala Mohammed. Alhaji Asari Dokubo amongst others
PANDEF sues for peace
The Pan Niger Delta Discussion board, PANDEF appealed to the individuals of Bayelsa State to simply accept the judgement of the Supreme Courtroom in good religion.
PANDEF in an announcement by its  Nationwide Publicity Secretary and PRO,  Hon. Ken Robinson urged the individuals to train restraint within the curiosity of peace.
The assertion learn: “Those that could also be incensed by the judgement shouldn’t do something that will trigger public dysfunction within the state. We sue for calm and peace.
“We implore politicians on either side of the divide to train restraint of their utterances, whereas urging the youths of Bayelsa State to not permit themselves for use by political opportunists.
“PANDEF calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to make sure that the rule of legislation is revered within the growth in Bayelsa State, and that no person, regardless of how extremely positioned, is allowed to conduct him or herself in such a method that might undermine public peace in Bayelsa State.”
Why INEC returned PDP’s Diri as winner
Whereas saying Diri, the PDP candidate as Governor-elect, INEC Chairman
Professor Mahmood Yakubu instructed journalists in Abuja why it complied with Thursday’s judgment of the Supreme Courtroom which nullified the election of Chief David Lyon, the APC candidate within the election.
Studying from a ready speech, Yakubu mentioned: “As you might be conscious, the Supreme Courtroom of Nigeria yesterday (Thursday) delivered a judgement in a pre-election swimsuit on the Bayelsa State Governorship election held on 16 November 2019. The Fee has obtained the Licensed True Copy (CTC) of the judgement of the apex courtroom which disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the social gathering earlier declared winner within the election.
“The Courtroom additionally ordered the Fee to ‘…declare as winner of the Governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the very best variety of lawful votes solid with the requisite constitutional (or geographical unfold).
“In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Courtroom, the Fee met this morning and reviewed the results of the election during which 45 political events contested.
“With out the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress APC, whose candidates had been deemed to not have participated within the election, the overall variety of lawful and legitimate votes solid within the election now stand at 146,999. Out of this determine, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) scored the very best variety of lawful votes with 143, 172.
“Equally, the Occasion has scored greater than 25% of the lawful votes solid in all of the eight Native Authorities Areas of the State.
“Moreover, the overall variety of registered voters in locations the place election was not held or cancelled on account of sundry violations is 90,822. The candidate of the Accord social gathering has the following highest rating with 1,339 votes. The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord social gathering is 141,833 votes. With this consequence, the election is conclusive at first poll.
“Consequently, Senator Douye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of the
PDP are hereby declared winners and returned elected as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.
“The Fee is conscious that the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State ends at midnight at present Friday 14th February 2020. Subsequently, in fulfilment of the requirement of Part 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Certificates of Return to the Governor and Deputy Governor-elect shall be offered to them instantly as ordered by the Supreme Courtroom.”
PDP victory is God’s will-Dickson
Meantime, Mr. Seriake Dickson, who held his valedictory session as Baylesa governor,      ascribed  the decision of the Supreme Courtroom to the mercies of God.
Dickson counseled the judiciary for his or her braveness, strict and exemplary adherence to the sterling ethos of the hallowed career.
He mentioned that the daring choice of the judiciary provides a lot hope within the nation.
The governor additionally thanked the Bayelsa individuals, all Nigerians of goodwill and the clergy for his or her help and protracted prayers all through the interval of pre-election dispute within the courtroom.
Dickson mentioned in an announcement by His Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, that that the victory was not only for the PDP but additionally the entire of Bayelsa and your complete Ijaw nation.
He urged that no person must be molested or persecuted on account of the  judgment and known as on all Bayelsans and certainly the Ijaw nation to present the requisite consideration to the continued efforts to develop Bayelsa.
Prevail in your supporters to cease violence, he urges APC leaders
Dickson, who was accorded standing ovation amid commendations as he presided over his final state government council assembly, the 114th  session additionally urged APC leaders to prevail on their supporters to cease violence.
The assembly commenced with a reward and worship session led by the governor who appreciated God for His blessings upon the individuals and authorities of the state within the final eight years.
Cupboard members, who took turns to talk, poured encomiums on the governor not just for giving them the chance to serve but additionally for offering high quality transformational management for individuals of the state and the Ijaw nation.
Amongst those that spoke had been Secretary to State Authorities, Barrister Kemela Okara; Chief of Workers, Authorities Home, Mr Talford Ongolo; Particular Adviser on Political Issues, Hon. Fyneman Wilson; Head of Service, Mrs Biobelemoye Charles-Onyema;    former Commissioner for Strong Mineral Sources, Mr Markson Fefegha;    Commissioner for Youth Growth, Mr Ebipatei Apaingolo, and Legal professional-Basic and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Arthur Seweniowor.
Earlier, Dickson who formally declared the Council dissolved at about 1pm, thanked God and members of the Council for the achievements of the Restoration Authorities.
The out-gone governor additionally expressed gratitude to individuals of the state for giving him the chance to serve them.
He assured Bayelsans of his resolve to work for the continued peace, stability, and growth of the state even after leaving workplace.
Describing the Supreme Courtroom victory of the PDP as no victor, no vanquished, Dickson additionally reiterated his name on APC leaders to prevail on their supporters to chorus from violence within the curiosity of the state.
Okowa duties PDP, Diri on reconciliation
Talking on the problem, Delta State Governor and Chairman of the South-South Governors Discussion board, Senator  Ifeanyi Okowa described the Supreme Courtroom ruling as a welcome developmentand congratulated Diri and Ewhrudjakpor on their victory.
Okowa in an announcement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, acknowledged that his confidence within the Judiciary had been rekindled by the didactic ruling of the apex courtroom.
He urged PDP and the governor-elect to take steps to reconcile all stakeholders in Bayelsa with a purpose to strengthen the social gathering for future elections.
Okowa mentioned: “The information of the Supreme Courtroom ruling on the Bayelsa governorship election got here to me with pleasure as a result of we’ve got been writhing in ache on the lack of Bayelsa to the APC within the final governorship election within the state.
“We’re blissful as a result of the Supreme Courtroom has as soon as once more restored the arrogance of the individuals within the judiciary.
“This victory is a clarion name on the social gathering and the governor-elect to take steps to reconcile all aggrieved social gathering members who defected or labored in opposition to the social gathering within the November 16, 2019 Governorship Election within the state.”
Give attention to devt, empowerment, Ijaw group fees Diri
A socio-political group in Bayelsa State, Ijaw Political Frontiers, IPF, charged Governor    Douye Diri to deal with the event of the state and empowerment of the individuals by appointing younger individuals into positions of authority.
The group, who welcomed the Supreme Courtroom verdict, famous that growth of the younger state must be the topmost precedence of the incoming administration because the state was in dire want of infrastructural and human capital growth.
In an announcement signed by the Director Basic and Secretary of the group Barr Ken Okorodas and Tare Bumotu, the group counseled the speedy previous governor of the state Mr Seriake Dickson for contributing his huge quota to the event of the state and charged the incoming governor to proceed from the place the previous administration stopped.
Be a superb ambassador of PDP, Secondus urge Diri
Nationwide chairman of the   PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, charged Governor Diri Douye and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo to be good ambassadors of the social gathering by implementing the social gathering’s manifesto within the subsequent 4 years.
Secondus gave the cost whereas receiving the Certificates of Return, CoR, issued by the INEC to the PDP candidate after the Supreme Courtroom voided the election of David Lyon and his APC operating mate.
Receiving the governor-elect and his operating mate in Abuja, the social gathering chairman urged him to maintain the beliefs of PDP which embody reconciliation, accelerated growth of the state and respect for the rule of legislation.
He additionally tasked him to succeed in out to one and all, including that the victory ought to spur him to do extra for the individuals.
He mentioned: “We urge the newly governor- elect and deputy governor-elect to shortly go to work, embrace everybody no matter their leanings or events as a result of that is what PDP represents. We consider within the rule of legislation and our issues are very clear. Whether it is on level of legislation, no argument, no protest, if it’s not level of legislation, we are going to ask query. We don’t simply make protests or argue or situation statements on peculiar floor. If we’ve got floor, we are going to ask and on this matter in Bayelsa state, it was on level of legislation and the rule of legislation has taken impact.
“God has given you energy, not man. So go and be good ambassadors of the nation and your state and the social gathering. Name all of the elders, all of the youths of Bayelsan individuals collectively to work. It isn’t concerning the social gathering alone. Occasion is vital it’s the platform, however the service you’re going to render to the individuals of Bayelsa must be uppermost in your thoughts and that’s how one can construct a nation.
Cease Oshiomhole now, PDP tells IGP
Meantime, PDP, has known as on the Inspector Basic of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to right away pull within the APC Nationwide Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, for questioning and potential prosecution for incitement.
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That is even because the social gathering mentioned the violence and arson being perpetuated by APC brokers in Yenagoa was in furtherance of “Oshiomhole’s inciting name that no governor can be sworn-in in Bayelsa state, opposite to the judgment of the Supreme Courtroom.
A press release signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman learn: “Oshiomole’s assertion was a direct name for sedition and violent subversion of the 1999 Structure (as amended), the statutory authority of the Supreme Courtroom and the mandate of the individuals of Bayelsa state.
“He ought to subsequently be pulled in instantly for prosecution for inciting violence and arson within the state.
“Nigerians can recall that our social gathering had on Thursday cautioned Oshiomhole over his utterances and obvious plots to trigger violence and a breakdown of legislation and order within the state.
“The world nevertheless watched with horror as APC brokers, chanting APC slogans, assaulted the individuals of Bayelsa state, set the PDP secretariat within the state ablaze, attacked the premises of Radio Bayelsa, vandalized automobiles and gear, took over main highways and attacked travellers, all within the bid to violently subvert the judgment of the Supreme courtroom and forcefully take management of the state.
“The PDP subsequently fees the individuals of Bayelsa, the safety companies and Nigerians at giant, to carry Oshiomhole accountable and accountable for the violence in Bayelsa state and take care of him accordingly in step with the provisions of our legal guidelines.  Oshiomhole have to be delivered to e-book and stopped from the usage of garrulity and clear misuse of language to trigger disaster in our nation.”
APC rejects INEC’s choice, explores authorized choices
In keeping with its earlier place, rejecting Thursday’s judgment of the Supreme Courtroom, the APC has additionally rejected the return of the PDP candidate as governor by the INEC.
The APC which faulted INEC’s presentation of a Certificates of Return to Sen. Diri vowed to get better what it described as its mandate.
Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who acknowledged his social gathering’s place at a information convention in Abuja mentioned the electoral umpire can’t usurp the position of a courtroom in decoding the decision of the apex courtroom because it deemed match.
Based on Oshiomhole, “INEC has determined to imagine that the case of Bayelsa is similar with that of Zamfara. INEC has assumed judicial powers.
“We now have consulted and resolved to reject in entirety the choice to situation certificates to the PDP candidate. We wish to put the individuals of Nigeria on discover and naturally the individuals of Bayelsa that no person can conceal below judicial cowl to impose a minority on the individuals, even INEC is in contempt of the courtroom.
“The Supreme Courtroom for good purpose gave a conditional order that INEC ought to swear within the second candidate with the very best variety of votes and the required constitutional unfold. I consider that the actual fact   that the Supreme Courtroom insisted on constitutional unfold is a recognition of the truth that the structure doesn’t desire a state of affairs during which anybody, governor or president presides over the affairs of a state with out at the least having fun with two-third help of the voters of that state.   Clearly,   the votes scored by PDP and their candidate in that election solely met the requirement in 5 native governments and also you want six native governments to satisfy the necessities of two-third. The PDP candidate didn’t fulfill this requirement. INEC is now selecting to acceptable the judicial powers of the courtroom to interpret legal guidelines that it’s neither competent to do nor has the mandate so to do.
“INEC fails to acknowledge that its accountability doesn’t embody authorized interpretation and the Supreme Courtroom didn’t ask INEC to go and start to imagine the judicial powers.   All what INEC must do is straightforward arithmetic – who has the following highest votes?   Does such individual have the required vote unfold?   If the reply is not any, INEC can do no extra. Now INEC has determined to imagine that the case of Bayelsa is precisely the identical case as that of Zamfara.
“We acknowledge that having presupposed to have sworn in or issued certificates to the PDP candidate, we nonetheless consider that there are viable authorized home windows that we’ll discover. We affirm our confidence within the judiciary even with pains in our hearts”, he acknowledged.
Be humble in victory, Owie tells Gov Diri
Saluting Diri on his inauguration, former   Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Roland Owie, yesterday, urged him to be humble in his ascension as governor of the state, a growth he mentioned was divinely positioned on him.
He additionally congratulated the spouse of the brand new governor and prayed for a profitable tenure for the brand new authorities.
He mentioned in assertion: “I want to congratulate the individuals of Bayelsa State, the governor-elect, Sen. Douye Diri, and his Deputy Governor elect, Lawrence Ewrujakpor for the restoration of their mandate.
“Nevertheless, I urge you Sen. Diri, to maintain always in thoughts the smart saying of St. Josemaria Escriva “ don’t overlook that you’re only a trash can. so if by any probability, the divine gardener ought to lay his palms on you, and scrub and clear you, and fill you with magnificent flowers, neither the scent nor the colors that beautify your ugliness ought to make you proud” subsequently on this your victory and governance of Bayelsa State, please be humble.”
Buhari, APC Govs Discussion board Chair, Badaru meet in Aso Rock
President Buhari on Friday met behind closed doorways with Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC Governors Discussion board and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu and the Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru on the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The assembly got here barely 24 hours after the Supreme Courtroom sacked the Governor-Elect of the November 19, 2019 election in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon and  the Deputy Governor-Elect,  Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.
The duo contested the election on the platform of the APC.
Governor Badaru was Chairman of the APC governorship marketing campaign for the November 19, 2019 election in Bayelsa State.
The 2 governors joined President Buhari for juma’at service on the State Home Mosque earlier than the assembly.
There have been disquiet on the Presidential Villa after the Supreme Courtroom judgment on Thursday.
After assembly with the President on the State Home, the 2 governors declined to talk to State Home correspondents.
The 2 governors had after the election alongside the Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole   offered Lyon to the President..
It was unclear what Buhari and the 2 governors mentioned, however Villa insiders hinted that the flip of occasions in Bayelsa was “undoubtedly on the desk.”
A supply mentioned: “Atiku-Bagudu is an everyday face on the Villa, being the governors’ discussion board chairman.  Nevertheless, this assembly coming at present after the event in Bayelsa is for a particular purpose, to look into the problems that occurred in Bayelsa.
“That is additionally as a result of .Badaru was the chairman of the marketing campaign committee for that election final 12 months in November.”
APC youth chief, Igudia asks Oshiomhole to resign 
A youth chief and former aspirant for South South zonal Youth Chief on the 2018 Nationwide Conference of the APC, Comrade Donald Igudia, yesterday known as on Adams Oshiomole to resign over what he termed “because the mismanagement of social gathering fortunes.”
Reacting to the Supreme Courtroom judgment,  Igudia lamented that “the timeline of Comrade Oshiomhole’s actions as Nationwide Chairman of the social gathering has been marred by a show of ineptitude and a quest to fulfill his ego.
“When oratory is laced with egoism, lawlessness and selfishness, it turns into parotry.  It’s time for Oshiomhole to make use of the exit door. If not for selfishness, ego and excessive handedness, we’d not have been dealing with this embarrassment as a celebration in Bayelsa State at present.
“Agreed that candidates select their operating mates, however this inside bickering within the social gathering don’t give room for honest and real reasoning which can have led to recognizing the apparent error. Oshiomhole’s sample of give it to my curiosity in any respect value, made the social gathering in Bayelsa similar to Delta to be torn aside and folks had no selection however to battle for justice.”



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