Bayelsa Election: Appeal Court Dismisses Timi Alaibe’s Suit Against Diri

 

An Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, Imo State on Tuesday dismissed a suit filed by the former Bayelsa governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Timi Alaibe against the state governor, Duoye Diri.

Mr. Alaibe is challenging the emergence of Diri as the legitimate winner of the PDP primaries held on September 3, 2019, which also produced him as the governor of the state.

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The former governor aspirant had dragged Douye Diri and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over what he described as a ‘flawed process’ of the PDP primary.

But a Federal High Court in Owerri had on March 10, 2020, dismissed the suit for lacking in merit.

The court noted that the PDP followed all the constitutional requirements to conduct the primary and subsequent emergence of Diri as the rightful candidate of the party.

Bayelsa Governor Diri Signs Executive Order On COVID-19

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa

 

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has signed an Executive Order on COVID-19 measures to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

The bill christened “Bayelsa State Infectious Disease, Emergency Prevention Regulation 2020” was signed on Thursday at the Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The order is designed for the security and public health of residents of the state.

Shortly after signing the executive order, he ordered the closure of all markets except for the sales of essential commodities such as food and medicals.

Other public places affected include event centres, bars, places of worship, public and private educational institutions and other public gatherings except a written approval is obtained from the governor for such gathering.

He also directed the Ministries of Trade, Health, Environment, and the Environmental Sanitation Authority to supervise the restrictions.

Governor Diri further directed all supermarkets in the state to adopt rules of social distancing and ensure that customers are sanitised towards promoting public health.

The Executive Order is in the exercise of the powers conferred on the Governor, pursuant to the provisions of Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, cap. 2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, having regard to the provisions of Sections 2, 3 and 4. of the Constitution.

Although no case has been recorded in the state, the government is leaving no stone unturned as it continues to take stringent measures such as the travel restrictions, closure of markets amongst others to combat the deadly pandemic.

Let’s Give Peace A Chance, Diri Tells Opposition

 

Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has urged opposition parties to give peace a chance and join hands with him in his bid to rebuild the state.

Mr Diri was declared the winner of November 16, 2019, Bayelsa election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a day after the Supreme Court sacked Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ordered the electoral body to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to him.

Speaking during a thanksgiving service on Sunday, Mr Diri said that he would run an all-inclusive government, hence the need for the cooperation and support of all leaders in the state.

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He urged people not to be vindictive, stating that the recent declaration is a lesson for Nigeria.

“Let us not be vindictive, this lesson is not only for Bayelsa, it is for Nigeria, and that no man has the power more than the almighty creator.

“I use this opportunity to call on all Bayelsans home and abroad that there is a new government in place and we are inviting them to come with their skills and resources to come and invest in Bayelsa.

“Let us give peace a chance, without security, nobody will come to Bayelsa. We must ensure that Bayelsa is peaceful and secure,” he added.

Seize The Moment Of Glory To ‘Build Bridges Of Unity’, Jonathan Tells Diri

 

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has asked the governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, to seize this moment of glory to build bridges of unity by entrenching a culture of love, fairness and justice in the polity.

Senator Diri was sworn in as the fifth civilian governor of Bayelsa state on Friday, following a Supreme Court judgement sacking elected candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo, hours before the inauguration.

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 issued to Mr Lyon and issue a fresh certificate 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 are the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment on Thursday, made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

Mr Jonathan, who congratulated Governor Diri in a statement he personally signed, said that the journey to the Creek Haven is a divine one.

“As Governor, the responsibility of building hope and sustaining peace across the State now lies on your shoulders.

“Your journey to Creek Haven is a divine one, so I advise you to use the position to do good to humanity and pursue the development of the State in order to write your name in gold.

“You have worked with me before as a commissioner, so I am without doubt that you will live up to the expectations of our people,” he added.

Mr Jonathan called on all Bayelsa people to be “law-abiding, peaceful and embrace this transition in all sincerity, and work together towards a united and prosperous State.”