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Bayelsa Guber Poll: Dickson, Alaibe Clash Over PDP Primary

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election in Bayelsa state, the state’s governor, Seriake Dickson has accused the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe of employing blackmail to secure the party’s ticket.

Dickson in a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei decried Alaibe’s antics.

Soriwei said: “It has come to the attention of the government that the former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, has been spreading manipulated audio recordings of Governor Dickson’s public utterance during meetings.

“It is curious that Alaibe would rather dissipate energy to the propagation of mischief rather than focusing attention on his gubernatorial campaigns.

“We wish to reiterate for the umpteenth time that the governor, as a major stakeholder in the issue of the governorship primaries, is entitled to his own political views and decisions. And that does not preclude any politician with genuine interest from testing his popularity with the delegates.

The governor’s accusations elicited a response from the Alaibe’s camp. Responding, the Administrative Secretary of Alibe’s Campaign Organisation, Prof. Seiyefa Brisibe, said that the organisation “took serious exception to the wrong use of tar-brush and gutter language to describe the person of our principal (Alibe) with the intent to incite the public against him; particularly over an issue he knows absolutely nothing about.

“Neither Alaibe nor any member of his Campaign Organisation was at the meetings referred to in the public statement issued on Wednesday. If any of us has access to the recorded discussion mentioned in the public statement, such access can only be traced to the originators of the statement.

“Our focus is to conduct our campaign on issues that will lead to the development of Bayelsa State through a shared economic prosperity and not waste energy and time on commonplace matters.”

Brisibe said that the campaign organisation would not continue to bear in silence all the provocative and insulting statements by certain individuals and groups against the person of Alibe and therefore, chose to say for the first time that enough is enough.

“Our silence should not be misconstrued to mean timidity, fear or any such thing. It was basically and still a measure of the respect we and our principal have for the person and office of the Governor. Unfortunately, that respect has not been reciprocated,” Brisibe said.

He added that: “At the point of expressing interest in this race, we were enjoined by the party leadership to run a clean campaign. We have been faithful to that directive and will continue to be.

“This is an internal contest in which the eventual choice of the party would need the support of other contestants to win the governorship election. It would therefore be unhelpful to take up issues with anyone as though winning the party ticket is a matter of life and death; certainly not with the governor who is neither a contestant in the race nor expected to sponsor any of the aspirants.

“Let it be known that we are not desperate but determined to win this race, by the grace of God. We will not allow ourselves to be distracted neither shall we engage in any indecent act or sinister strategies for the sake of this race. We are too focused to be distracted.


PDP Governors Say Nigeria Army Has Descended Into Criminality

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has blamed the Nigerian Military for the insecurity in the country.

The Forum in a statement issued by the chairman, the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson on Monday condemned the killing of three policemen in Takum, Taraba state and a commercial motorcyclist in Abia state both last week by soldiers.

The statement said the Army has abandoned their constitutional responsibilities and descended into criminality.

The statement reads in part, “These killings have in recent times taken another gruesome dimension and this nonchalant attitude is not only wicked, malicious, unprofessional and cowardly; it is totally unacceptable to the people of this country.

“We wish to reiterate that the killings are unnecessary. It is very pathetic that the Nigerian Army would abandon their constitutional role of defending the borders of the country from external aggression to descend into such lowly criminality.

“It is sad that a security personnel, who is paid and maintained with tax-payers’ money, could turn around to kill the person he was paid to protect. The Forum calls on the federal government to redress the situation immediately, as this portrays signs of inefficiency and irresponsibility.

“We implore the federal government to adequately compensate the families of victims and ensure justice is served on the culprit”.

It would be recalled that a former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor earlier in May on Channels Television alleged that soldiers are behind kidnappings in the country.

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PDP Sweeps Bayelsa LG Polls

The candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been declared winners of all 8 chairmanship and 105 councillorship seats in Saturday’s local government elections in Bayelsa state.

According to the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC),44 political parties participated in the election except the All Progressives Congress (APC) that boycotted the election citing partisanship nature of the BYSIEC which it alleged was dominated by PDP members.

A breakdown of the results announced by BYSIEC includes, Diepreye Ubarugu of the PDP polled 42,539 votes to beat other contenders to emerge Chairman of Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA; while Alali Embelakpor was declared winner of Sagbama Chairmanship election with 96, 468 votes.

Kia Nigeria polled 107,150 votes to win in Southern Ijaw, Victor Isaiah the caretaker chairman for Brass Local Government Area won with 28,667 votes, while Ebinyo Turnah the caretaker chairman for Ogbia Local Government Area was returned as elected chairman with 17,661 votes.

Alalibo West was returned as winner in Nembe Local Government Area polling 54,562 votes, while Oropaye Nimizua was returned elected as the Mayor of Yenagoa City with scored 89,831 votes.

Bertola Pereke, was declared winner of the Ekeremor Local Government Council election, polling 62,529 votes to emerged winner.

Bayelsa Guber Poll: Dickson Lists Conditions for Successor

Ahead of November 16 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa state, the state’s governor, Seriake Dickson has said that his successor must be bold and courageous due to the enormous responsibilities he will inherit. 

Dickson gave the conditions on Monday night during a live media chat in Yenogoa the state capital. A statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei quoted the governor to have made the comments on the show. 

He said; “The next governor of the Ijaw nation must be courageous; he must be ready to defend the Ijaw nation at all times. He must not be the errand boy of any ethnic group. I will be sad to see the governor of Bayelsa State playing such politics, without being able to take a decisive position on issues. Dickson, who said he had raised the standard of governance and expectations, promised to publish an audited account of his eight-year stewardship in line with his administration’s policy of accountability and transparency. “The shoes I am leaving behind are very big. Posterity will judge. Only very few people who come to talk to me have the interest of the state at heart.

“There is no free money to give anybody in Bayelsa. Do not kill for anybody as none has the power to make you a billionaire. Our people are oppressed. We have a lot of stories to tell Nigerians. When it comes to speak for the Ijaw nation, I have not been found wanting. I want that tradition to continue. I want my people to be safe. “More than any other time, Bayelsa State needs a governor with the requisite courage to lead the Ijaw people. What is at stake is your destiny and survival. Our people are Balkanized into small units in Ondo State to many other states. 

“In the Niger Delta, the Ijaw voice must be heard. I hope those buying the forms are aware of the enormity of the responsibilities of being the governor of the state.”

Sylva Launches Veiled Attack on Jonathan, Lauds Dickson

A Ministerial nominee from Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva in what appeared to be a veiled attack on former president Goodluck Jonathan, has lauded the state governor,Seriake Dickson for his support during his screening at the Senate.

Sylva, a former governor of the state in a statement issued on Thursday by his media aide, Julius Bokoru expressed his appreciation to the governor for supporting his nomination and for mobilizing Senators from the state to ensure his smooth screening exercise. He said Dickson’s show of sportsmanship was an evident that he is freeing himself from the stranglehold of godfathers which according to him will see the state better off. 

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“Minister-designate and former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Timipre Sylva, thanks his excellency Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state on his show of support over his ministerial nomination and screening

“The message from the Bayelsa Senators Caucus was well received, as was the statement of congratulations by the state government spokesperson. Sportsmanship has never been better exhibited, and chief Sylva, a passionate advocate of a Bayelsa with a United goal for peace and oneness, is appreciative of this. 

“It appears the loosening stranglehold of godfathers is producing a new improved Governor Dickson. Sylva believes that Bayelsa State will be better off without the political shenanigans of yesterday’s-men grandstanding as know-all’s.

“With this positivity, inclusiveness and vigour, Bayelsa state would have soared to enviable heights by now. Sylva urges Dickson to remain positive and focused for the remainder of his tenure as the common enemy of the Bayelsa people are the forces whose patronage comes from planned backwardness

“Sylva thanks the good people of Bayelsa state for their unyielding support and wishes a smoother conclusion of the restoration administration.”

Sylva, then governor, who sought re-election was denied the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 governorship election in the state by former president Jonathan. Dickson, then a member of the House of Representatives was given the nod to fly the party’s ticket. Sylva was arrested and arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2012 on charges of corruption under the administration of Jonathan. His 48 houses seized by the anti-graft agency was returned in 2017. 

Dickson is reported to have fallen out with Jonathan and his wife, Patience over the control of the party in the state and who flies the party’s ticket in November 16 gubernatorial election in the state. He was said to have anointed the chairman of the Bayelsa state Internal Revenue Board,Nimbofa Ayawei as his preferred candidate. 

No More Defection, Alaibe Says He will Remain in PDP 

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state, Timi Alaibe has said irrespective of the outcome of the upcoming primary election in the state that he will no longer leave the party. 
Alaibe,a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) disclosed this on Wednesday in Yenogoa when he addressed newsmen during his visit to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) said his defection previously was necessitated by what he described as exigencies of the time and such will no longer happen again. 
He said, “I have spoken severally on it (defection) and I hope you read it up. There is not going to be any crisscrossing again; it was the exigencies caused that at that time. You can look for the grammar to support that.
  “You saw me take the forms, you will soon see me submit them and we are running on PDP ticket. We will unveil very shortly our programmes and the details of our strategic plan for Bayelsa State.”
Alaibe commended the state governor, Seriake Dickson for his achievements in areas of infrastructures. He said when elected will complete all the ongoing projects initiated by the Dickson administration. He,however,decried the present level of insecurity in the state adding that he will address  the problem. 
“If we do not address the violence perpetrated by some youths, no company will come to invest here. Only a few days ago, the mother of our former coach, world-class player of yore, was kidnapped for the second time.
 “What does that tell you? It tells you that we need to address that sector. It’s not good news and it’s hoisted in the international space in the analysis of the risk of doing business in the state.
 “We need to re-image our state and rebrand our state. These people doing these things are our children. So, we are going to be a government that is responsible. We will enumerate our youths and know what they are doing” he said. 

INEC Announces New Date For Kogi and Bayelsa Guber Polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced November 16, 2019 as the new date for the Kogi and Bayelsa states gubernatorial polls. 

In a statement issued on Thursday by the Commission’s Head of Information and Voter Education Committee,Mr. Festus Okoye,the Commission said the shift in date from the initial November 2,2019 was the outcome of its regular weekly meeting held on Thursday where it considered appeals by Bayelsa state government, elders,religious and traditional leaders to move the date because it coincided with the state’s Annual Thanksgiving Day which was backed by the state’s law. 

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