The personal home of the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, was on Friday attacked by unknown protesters.
The attack comes just hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a Certificate of Return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, in the 2019 governorship election, Diri Douye.
Some angry protesters suspected to be loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier in the day attacked the PDP secretariat in Yenagoa, the State capital, destroying properties.
Diri was issued the certificate of return following the Supreme Court ruling which sacked APC candidate, David Lyon as Bayelsa State governor-elect.
The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, told journalists during a briefing in Abuja that Diri was declared the winner of the November 2019 election after top INEC officials met 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.
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has approved the payment of the 30,000 Naira New National Minimum wage to workers in the State from January.
The Governor, who gave the approval during a meeting with the Leadership of organised labour in Government House Yenagoa that ended Friday night, also directed the State’s financial team to follow through the template set by the National wages and commission, in implementing the New salary structure.
According to the Governor, there was nothing too much to be paid to workers in view of their contributions to national development.
Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a new minimum wage into law. But the federal government and organised labour have struggled to agree on the implementation of the N30,000 limit across the board.
“Our state cannot be left out,” Dickson said. “What is good for the goose is good for the gander. There is nothing we pay to our hard-working workforce that is too much.”
The Head of Service, Biobelemoye Onyeama, also assured that the modalities for the implementation would be concluded for effective payment from this January.
“It has been approved,” she said. “We are going to work out the details.”
The organised labour, represented by Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Bayelsa Chapter, John Ndiomu, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting.
He added that issues of arrears arising from the new payment would be addressed by the incoming Government.
The Dickson administration is set to leave office in February.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Timipre Sylva, has said that Governor Seriake Dickson made the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the November 16 Governorship election a success.
Mr. Sylva who attributed the victory to a proverb explained that the party had a good candidate in David Lyon.
“If you marry your wife very well, you will be blessed with another wife, Governor Dickson made our job very easy because he married the wife very badly. Of course, he didn’t marry the state very well, so they roundly rejected him.
“We had a good candidate, and when you have a good product, it is very easy to sell it. So we went round to sell this product to Bayelsans and the result was an overwhelming success.”
Governors of the nine oil-producing states in the country have met with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss issues they say are of concern to them.
The meeting held on Thursday when the governors visited the President at the Aso Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State said the issues discussed bothered on security, economy and the development of their various states.
He said he was happy that President Buhari acknowledged the challenges highlighted and has promised to work towards resolving some of them.
The governor also spoke about the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa and called for peaceful and credible exercise.
Also present at the meeting were Governors Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Others are the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; as well as the ministers of Works and Housing and that of Niger Delta Affairs, Babatunde Fashola and Godswill Akpabio.
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has accepted the resignation of Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC), Dr Perekeme Bertola.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Dr Bertola had informed the governor about his resignation in a letter dated May 31, 2019, in which he cited “threats to his life and his immediate family” as reasons for his decision.
In his response, Governor Dickson thanked Bertola for his services to the commission, particularly for setting in motion the conduct of the local council elections scheduled to hold on August 10, 2019.
He said regardless of the development, the polls would go on as other members of the commission were in quorum to carry on with the business of conducting a hitch-free exercise.
According to the statement by the commissioner, the most senior member of the commission will take charge in an acting capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive chairman.
The statement also condemned the actions of those who go the length to harass, intimidate and threaten Dr Bertola and his family “all in their desire for him to do their bidding during the council election”.
It wished the former SIEC boss success in his future endeavours and called on the people of the state to be wary of what it called the subterranean moves by some persons to scuttle the planned council elections.
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has emerged Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei disclosed this in a statement signed on Wednesday
He stated that the former Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, announced Dickson’s emergence after a meeting at the Gombe State Governors Lodge, Abuja, on Wednesday night.
The meeting was attended by all the PDP governors. Also in attendance was the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus.
Dankwambo told journalists that the governors elected under the platform expressed concern over the state of insecurity in the country.
According to him, the governors were worried by the adverse effects of the growing insecurity on food production in the country. He added that the governors decried the situation where farmers are scared of going to the farms in fear of being killed or kidnapped.
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has rejected the votes garnered by President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as other candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nembe Bassambiri and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas of the state.
In a statement by his special adviser on media relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, the governor stated that elections did not take place in Nembe Bassambiri and Constituency 4 of Southern Ijaw.
“Nigerians should discountenance the purported figures allotted to President Buhari and the other APC candidates based on which they are declared winners of House of Representatives and Senate seats,” he said.
Governor Dickson described the situation in the two areas as “blatant violation of the rights” of the people to elect their leaders and representatives.
He alleged that election materials were taken to non-designated locations while electoral officers were held hostage to allocate fake figures at gunpoint.
The governor, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the figures from the election which he said never held.
He also asked the electoral body to distance itself from ‘fake results’ and investigate the activities of its officials in Nembe Bassambiri and Southern Ijaw for necessary sanction.
“Our state condemns the purported result from constituency 4 of Southern Ijaw and the seven Nembe wards,” Governor Dickson said.
“We want the world and INEC to know that what happened in Nembe Bassambiri and Southern Ijaw Constituency 4 was a blatant assault on the rights of our people.”
He added, “There was no election, no vote. We are calling INEC to announce cancellation and discountenance itself from this charade and investigate and punish all its officers who are complicit in this.”
The governor said the state government and its people would do everything to reject the violation of rights of the people to elect their leaders and representatives.
Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has raised concerns that some persons are playing politics with the security of the country ahead of the February general elections.
He also said that while there are hopes that the exercise will be free and fair, there are concerns that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would not be impartial.
The governor made this known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Daniel Alabrah, on Monday.
He said: “On the elections, we have expectations and we also have concerns. Expectation that there should be fair play and fair exercise of public power and authority and that the agencies and institutions of state are able to do their job. That the people are not intimidated and harassed during the elections.
“Let me, however, alert that the signs are not too good. There are people playing politics with security – what I call the politics of insecurity and the insecurity of politics. It is unfortunate that sometimes people don’t have the courage to do what is right. We have political leaders who don’t give the right directives.
“We are concerned about the state of law, order and security during the elections. There is also the general concern about the impartiality of the electoral umpires and their agents.”
Meanwhile, the governor urged people of the state to re-elect him in the coming elections.
He promised that his administration would continue to maintain peace in the state as well as all-round development.
“We will continue to invest in the stability and security of our state. I assure Bayelsans that we will not stop working until the last minutes of our tenure. There is still a lot of work ahead.
“We have built roads, hospitals, bridges, our children are on scholarship and no fewer than 120,000 Bayelsans have been captured under our health insurance scheme. No state in Nigeria has such a robust scheme. Indeed, there is a revolution going on in Bayelsa,” he said.
The governor accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being desperate to put the party on the ballot.
He also alleged that the media would be the next target of intimidation to force them to dish out half-truths.
On his part, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said the suspension of Justice Onnoghen was an alleged attempt by the Presidency to truncate democracy and throw the country into anarchy.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase describe the suspension as ‘unconstitutional’.
He alleged that the Presidency has demonstrated that it does not believe in the rule of law, due process and the principle of separation of powers.
Governor Ortom said the suspension was not only a slap on the judiciary, but the action exposed the alleged desperate self-succession bid of the present administration at the expense of the country’s unity.
He claimed that the suspension of Justice Onnoghen appeared to have “the imprints of the cabal which the President’s wife said is running the government”.
The governor said the suspension must be reversed in the interest of the country and accused the APC of plot to rig the general elections.
He also called on all Nigerians to reject the suspension of Justice Onnoghen and other alleged attempts by the ruling party to cause a constitutional crisis.
For Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, the suspension of Justice Onnoghen is “a sad day and indeed a sad commentary on democracy in Nigeria”.
He said the action was inimical to the desired stability of the nation and critical institutions of state, noting that Nigerians have a responsibility to be concerned about the electoral process and the critical institutions entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard democracy in the society.
Governor Dickson warned that Nigeria would be heading in the direction of “a shithole country” as a president allegedly said if critical institutions of state do not get it right.
He said the suspension showed that the nation’s democracy was under serious stress and test.
“It is a very sad day, for our nation’s democracy and for the stability of our nation, and the stability of the critical national institution of which the judiciary is primus inter pares,” the governor said.
“We must be concerned about the process, the integrity of the national critical institutions that will safeguard and reinforce our democracy, seeing our democracy has come under very severe stress and test by what has happened.”
Governor Dickson stressed that while the courts would make a pronouncement on the legality or otherwise on the development around the suspension, he personally found the action condemnable.
“Is this action legal? I am sure the courts are there to make pronouncements on it one way or the order. However, I have my views, and clearly, I condemn it,” he noted.
The governor emphasised the need for due process and adherence to constitutional provisions, noting that countries were governed according to laws and mutual respect among the political class.
He insisted that there must be respect for processes in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies.
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has described the death of the former Minister of Works and Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Anenih, as a huge vacuum that is difficult to fill.
Governor Dickson, in a press statement, said he received the news of Anenih’s death with shock, adding that Nigeria has lost a political colossus.
The governor, who is also chairman of the South-South Governors Forum, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the South-South geopolitical zone and the entire country will miss Anenih for his selfless contributions to the growth of the PDP, development of the region and Nigeria in general.
“Chief Anenih will be remembered for his immense contribution to the growth of PDP, development of the South-South region and Nigeria in general. Mr Fix It, as he was fondly called, was a political icon, a nationalist and a great leader of men.
“He was a political colossus. His passing has created a huge vacuum in our political landscape that will be difficult to fill,” he said.
The governor, while commiserating with the immediate and political family of the former Minister of Works, said the late octogenarian politician offered meritorious service to the country that they should be proud of.