Resign Or Be Sacked, Diri Warns Appointees Over Early Politicking

File photo of Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri at the Government House in Yenagoa.

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has cautioned his appointees against early politicking ahead of the 2023 elections, saying he would not hesitate to sack any of them found wanting.

Speaking before the commencement of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Government House on Wednesday, Governor Diri frowned on the activities of some of his appointees, which he said were hitting up the polity ahead of the 2023 elections, stressing that it was too early for open politicking.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that although people having the right to aspire to any political office, the time was not ripe for politicking.

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“I find it very difficult to believe that appointees in this government have already started open politicking,” Diri was quoted as saying.

“Yes, it is the constitutional right of anybody to contest but even the Bible tells us that there is time for everything. At this time, we are trying to stamp our feet to meet up our campaign promises to our people.

“I hereby caution all those involved to immediately withdraw. If you are prepared to continue with this government, you must listen to the music of this administration. We are not prepared to start politicking from this year.”

The governor reminded his appointees that the administration lost considerable time last year due to COVID-19 and needless litigations, stressing that it was in a hurry to deliver on its campaign promises and cannot afford to waste time politicking.

He wondered why appointees would be involved in open politicking when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had not even released a timetable for elections.

He urged members of his cabinet interested in open politicking at this time, especially those from Bayelsa West Senatorial District, to resign or be ready to be sacked.

He called on all those involved in the early politicking to immediately withdraw and follow the directives of his administration, saying his government was not ready for politics at this time.

Diri Commiserates With IGP Over Death Of Police Officers In Bayelsa

A screen grab of Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has commiserated with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, over the loss of some police personnel that drowned while escorting voting materials during the December 5 senatorial bye-election in the state.

The boat conveying the policemen capsized on its way to Oporoma, the headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the governor alsoo condoled with the families of the deceased policemen, adding that their sudden demise while on national duty was very painful.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, he prayed to God to give the IGP and the families of the policemen the strength to bear the great loss.

On the smooth conduct of the election, Governor Diri commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for process put in place for the exercise.

The governor, who voted at his hometown in Sampou Ward 7 Unit 4 accompanied by his wife, Gloria Diri, said INEC’s decision of having accreditation and voting simultaneously saved time and energy.

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“The process was faster and even smoother. The card reader identified me as soon as my voter’s card was slotted in,” he said.

“So I can describe the process as smooth, fast and peaceful. Certainly, the simultaneous accreditation and voting enhanced the process rather than waiting for hours before coming back to vote. I think this decision of taking them at the same time is far better than what we used to do.”

Reacting to the alleged hijacking of election materials in Agbere community in Sagbama Ward One, Senator Diri described the act as the handiwork of mischief-makers bent on discrediting the electoral process.

The governor called on Bayelsa people not to give a negative image of the state, saying that it is a state with people of integrity that work hard to earn a living.

To Diri, he is optimistic that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would clinch victory judging by the pedigree and capacity of its candidates for the Bayelsa West and Central senatorial districts.

He further described the National Assembly as a place for serious-minded persons and not for jokers.

“We fielded quality candidates and you can see the difference between the PDP candidates and the others. The Senate is not a place for jokers. The Senate is not a place for school dropouts or people who were dismissed from service,” he added.

INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To PDP’s Douye Diri

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the Certificate of Return to Senator Douye Diri.

Diri’s deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo was also presented his certificate of return.

The electoral commission in a briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.

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INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu told journalists that Diri was declared the winner after top officials met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been voided by the court.

“The total votes cast after excluding those of the APC now stand at 146,999. PDP polled 143,172 and scored 25 percent as required by the law,” Yakubu said during the briefing.

Diri’s victory follows Supreme Court verdict which sacked David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

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

The court ruled that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2019.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili then ordered the INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the APC candidate.

 

See below photos of Diri and his deputy receiving their certificates of return at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja…

 

Senator Diri Emerges Winner Of PDP Governorship Primary In Bayelsa

 

The Member representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Douye Diri, has emerge winner of the PDP Governorship Primary.

He clinched the Party’s ticket with a total of 561, to beat his closest Rival, Timi Alaibe, who got 365 votes out of 1,244 votes cast.

The total number of registered delegates was 1308, while the total number of accredited delegates, was 1244. A total of 16 votes were also decalred invalid.

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Twenty-one (21) aspirants had picked the form of interest, with one of the aspirants, Talford Ongolo, stepping down from the race on the eve of the primary poll.

The Governor Darius Ishaku-led PDP Bayelsa State Governorship Primary Committee conducted the exercise at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.

The exercise, which began at 11:30pm Tuesday night ended at 5:00am Wednesday morning.