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Bayelsa Bye-election: PDP’s Dickson declared winner

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Former Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party has been declared winner of the Bayelsa West Senatorial District by-election.

He polled a total of 115,257 votes to defeat his rival, Peremobowei Ebebi of the All Progressives Congress who polled a total of 17,500 votes.

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Breaking: Fmr Bayelsa Gov, Dickson home ‘burgled’ by unknown Gunmen

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As of the time of filing this report, Dickson, the state government, and the state Police Command have yet to react to the incident.

Unknown gunmen have invaded the residence of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, in the Toru-Orua area of the state on Wednesday night.

NoRM reports that a policeman, who was part of a security team guarding the former governor’s residence, was killed during the incident.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the gunmen reported being militants gained access to the compound through the Forcados River located in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

More details to come…


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Breaking: Former Bayelsa Governor praise Buhari for appointing Pondei


Former Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei as acting managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Dickson, who described Pondei as hard working, urged him to use his experience to clean up NDDC for optimum performance.


A statement yesterday by his media aide, Fidelis Soriwei, admonished Pondei to focus on failed policies, projects and wastages responsible for the commission’s failure. He enjoined him to collaborate with governors in the region to actualise the agency’s objectives.

He said: “I congratulate Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei for his well-deserved appointment as acting managing director of NDDC. I also laud President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Godswill Akpabio for the appointment.

“I call on Prof. Pondei to use his experience to sanitise NDDC. As a Bayelsan, Prof. Pondei is aware of the failed policies, projects and wastages which account for NDDC’s under-performance. I, therefore, urge him to work loyally with the minister, the governor and government of Bayelsa State, and other Niger Delta states, to reposition NDDC in achieving its desired objectives for the benefit of Bayelsa State and the region.”


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Bayelsa: Gov. Dickson credit God over victory


The governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson has ascribed the verdict of the Supreme Court which returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Douye Diri, as the governor elect, to the mercies of God.

The governor commended the judiciary for its courage, strict and exemplary adherence to the sterling ethos of the hallowed profession.


According to him the bold decision of the judiciary gives so much hope for democracy in the country.

The governor also thanked the Bayelsa people, all Nigerians of goodwill and the clergy for their support and persistent prayers throughout the period of pre-election dispute in the court.


The governor said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei stated that the victory was not just for the PDP but also the whole of Bayelsa and the entire Ijaw nation.

Dickson who called for calm and effective process of reconciliation in the state urged opinion and opposition leaders in the state to work for peace and reconciliation.


He said that there was no winner and no vanquished in the Bayelsa guber tussle adding that all Bayelsans had a duty to ensure that law and order did not come under threat in the state.

Dickson said disagreement is normal in politics, adding that the actors must display maturity to move on when the matter gets to the apex court and judgment delivered on it.

The governor urged that nobody should be molested or persecuted as a fallout of the judgment which returned the PDP candidate as the governor elect of Bayelsa.

He called on all Bayelsans and indeed the Ijaw nation to give the requisite attention to the ongoing efforts to develop Bayelsa.


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Wike snubs PDP intervention to settle feud against dickson.

…Calls for Dickson’s resignation

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has rejected an offer of intervention by the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his public feud with the outgoing Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, over the Soku oil wells/fields returned to Rivers by a Federal High Court ruling.

Wike said in an interview that there was no premise for the intervention by the PDP leadership since the Federal High Court had already determined the issue in question.

“I don’t know why they are interceding. They have no power to resolve the issue of oil wells. Secondly, the matter has been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction,” the Governor said.

“Anybody, who is not satisfied should go on appeal. Are they interceding on behalf of someone, who betrayed the party?

“They know that Governor Dickson betrayed and sold out the party. They know that during 2019 election in Rivers State, what happened in the state. That Dickson worked with my opponent.

“Throughout that period, the National Chairman himself knows that people were calling from all over the country to know the situation. Dickson never called for one day.

“This was because of his alignment with the opposition. I can show proof that Dickson had already made up his mind to go over to the APC.

“I am not going to sit down with anybody to discuss anything as it relates to Governor Dickson. I have no business with Governor Dickson,” Wike declared.

He said that the right thing for Governor Dickson to do is to resign from the PDP so that party leaders in Bayelsa State can rebuild the party.

“In fact, Governor Dickson ought to have resigned from the party by now, so that the leaders of the PDP in Bayelsa would rebuild the party.

“The national leadership of the party should know that the only option left for PDP to be strong in Bayelsa is for Dickson to leave the party,” he said.

The Governor said that the party’s intervention was no longer profitable in view of the damage he said had been done by the outgoing Bayelsa Governor.

“Where was the party when Dickson sold out? Why couldn’t they come out to speak out? Governor Dickson, you have killed our party in that state. What is anyone wading in for? I am not going to be party to that and nobody will stop me.

“Nobody fights Rivers State and gets any benefits out of it. I have said it severally. I am not here because of my interest. I am here because of the interest of Rivers State.

“The party would have waded in when they saw fraud. That Dickson was killing the party in Bayelsa State. He has achieved his aim by making sure nobody comes after him as he leaves office in February, 2020.

“Do you know the effect of the APC winning Bayelsa State? And they are talking of wading in,” Wike asked.

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Dickson is not who I will compete with – Wike.

…says he is not in oil war with anyone

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has dismissed the allegation that he is at oil war with Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Imo states.

Also, Wike also told his Bayelsa State colleague, Seriake Dickson, that he (Wike) was not causing disharmony in Ijaw land as alleged.

However, he vowed to protect the interest of Rivers, stressing that issues that affect the state would not be compromised.

Governor Wike made the statements, during a media parley at the Government House, Port Harcourt, following some statements credited to the Bayelsa State governor, Dickson.

Wike, while fielding questions from newsmen, said that he had to approach the court on oil issues with neighbouring states, stating that his action to defend Rivers should not be misinterpreted.

The governor berated his Bayelsa State counterpart for his comments on the contentious Soku oil wells, which a Federal High Court recently ruled in favour of Rivers.

According to the Rivers governor, the comments credited to Dickson after the court’s judgement was unfortunate and an act of frustration.

“It is unfortunate. As a governor, there is a level you should not descend to.

“I will protect the interest of Rivers State. It is unfortunate. I read all his comments. I understand the level of frustration and you should not lay your frustration on us”, he said.

Speaking further, Wike accused Dickson of being the one causing disharmony in Ijaw land, noting that the protocols demand that a governor should notify his colleague while planning to visit his state.

“I am not causing any disharmony in Ijaw land. He is the one trying to cause disharmony in Ijaw land.

“He does not know what protocols are all about. When you are occupying a certain position, protocols demand you to obey them.

“Protocols demand that I should be informed about the visit of the outgoing Bayelsa State governor to the Amanyabo of Kalabari Kingdom,” Wike said.

Reacting to the accusation of Wike under developing the Ijaw land, the Rivers governor declared that his colleague’s eight years in office could not march his (Wike) four years and six months in office, in terms of development.

Wike declared: “He stayed eight years in office. I have stayed four years and six months in office. Who is under developing Ijaw land?

“Bayelsa State has eight local government areas. Rivers State has 23 local government areas. Dickson cannot in all ramifications, compare with me in terms of development. He budgeted N70 billion for airport that was not built.

“There is no basis for comparison. We are not on the same level,” Wike stressed.

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Outgoing appointees pledged their loyalty to PDP.

Outgoing appointees of the Restoration Government have pledged their loyalty and support to the Peoples Democratic Party and the State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Fynman Wilson, who spoke on behalf of the appointees, commended the Governor for sustaining a large number of appointees throughout the eight years of his administration.

Wilson said that Dickson deserves commendation for combining such a large number of appointees numbering up to three thousand with the development of the state

He urged all political appointees to show the expected understanding that government has come to an end in less than two months to record eight years of unprecedented development in the state.

Wilson who stressed that Governor Dickson had done his best for the state, during the period thanked him on behalf of all political appointees.

He charged all appointees to be resolute in supporting the PDP and the Governor and to pray for the party’s success in the election petition tribunal and other pre-election matters.

He said, “First let me use this opportunity to thank Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for maintaining such a large number of appointees in the past eight years. The appointees should show understanding that government has ended and the Governor has done his best during this period.

“I am using the medium to thank the Governor on behalf of all appointees for engaging such a large number of people while still developing the state. It is a fact that this has not happened before. The government is in transition and it is a great thing that they resolved to continue to work for the party and pray for its success in the court.”

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APC urges PDP to give way for other active political parties.

…says it is a failed opposition.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a failed opposition party that has become disillusioned by the string of election victories recorded by the ruling party.

Counting its blessings and electoral victories, the ruling APC, listed the 2019 Presidential Election victory, majority governorship wins, National Assembly seats and other governorship elections in Ekiti, Osun, Kano, Kogi and Bayelsa states.

APC apparently responded to the attack from the PDP’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, on Monday, that it would be difficult for the PDP to participate in future elections in the country.

“This is exactly our fear. Is this not a confirmation of APC’s earlier position that Nigeria was fast becoming a one-party State as a result of the rudderless and soulless PDP, Nigeria’s supposed main opposition party?

“No doubt, our country deserves a strong and vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity and to deepen democracy. The PDP has shown crass and shocking incapacity to perform that role. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, we are worried by this obvious vacuum.

“No rigorous and intelligent interrogation of the current administration’s policies and programmes by the PDP. Just idle chatter, propagation of fake news, post-election delusions and other unpatriotic conducts. This is dangerous for our democracy.

“The APC hereby invites other registered political parties to step up and perform the crucial opposition role the PDP has failed so woefully to play.

“The PDP accuses APC of conniving with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to record the string of election victories in the recent elections.

“Is the APC surprised by the PDP’s pointless outbursts? No! This has become the PDP’s stock-in-trade and coping mechanisms following the PDP’s rejection in 2015.

“The same PDP has maintained a graveyard silence over the election robberies in Zamfara and Rivers states. The APC was punished for allegedly not conducting proper primaries in Zamfara State, while PDP got rewarded in Sokoto and Kano for not conducting any primaries at all.

“In Osun, Ekiti and Bayelsa states, why will the APC ever contemplate “conniving” with INEC in elections where voters had rejected the PDP and their candidates long before the election day?

“In the case of Kogi State, we challenge the PDP to name one of its politician who had the status and goodwill to give PDP the imagined votes they are now claiming, post election. The Kogi electorate ignored the PDP’s propaganda and clannish campaigns to reelect the APC candidate, Governor Yahaya Bello.

“The Kogi West Senatorial rerun gave the electorate an opportunity to reclaim their earlier stolen mandate. They were decisive in kicking out a joke and replacing him with APC Senator-elect, Smart Adeyemi. The PDP canvasses electoral reforms.

“The most important reform before the leadership of PDP is to change their ways. By now, the PDP should have realised that their old underhand political methods no longer work. PDP should adjust to the reality of an emerging political environment where manipulation, intimidation, and brigandage are becoming unhelpful to any political party.

“While at it, they should remember to find a political direction with clear and purposeful ideology that can benefit our country. Until they achieve this, no amount of electoral reform can cure PDP of its malady. “Nigerians would continue to reject them until they do away with their odious ways.

On the governance side, the PDP is reminded how compared to its past administrations which enjoyed record earnings, yet frittered our commonwealth, with limited resources, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration continues to achieve several visible milestones.

“The governing APC recognizes the importance of a vibrant opposition, which the PDP has failed woefully to play. Of the several other registered political parties, we challenge any of them to step up and play this important role.

“Finally, we reiterate our position that there remains much to be done in ensuring the sanctity of our electioneering process, particularly partisan approach to elections. The PDP must begin to address itself to the new reality that under the President Buhari administration votes are beginning to count.

“We will continue to check and frustrate PDP’s inglorious practices of massive thumb printing, ballot box snatching, vote buying, thuggery, using state institutions, particularly INEC, the judiciary and security agencies to manipulate the electioneering process,” the statement read.

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PDP, Dickson lost bayelsa due to ego – APC slams.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the outgoing governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, lost the governorship election, due to oversized ego.

The statement signed by the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, taunted that following the resounding victory of the party’s governorship candidate, David Lyon, in the November 16 Bayelsa poll, the outgoing governor, Dickson has blamed everyone, including public institutions, but himself for the loss of the PDP and his governorship candidate who he tried unsuccessfully to foist on the state.

“If governor Dickson should stand before the mirror, he would see a clown, a prodigal son, and a failure, all rolled into one. We know he cannot do that. Shame would not allow him to carry out self-evaluation.

“He should sit down to ask himself critical questions: how did he waste the opportunity he had to become a hero in a state that badly needs one? A state with the 4th highest federal allocation among 36 states; benefitting from huge oil derivation funds; ranked 27th among 36 states in terms of landmass; least populated of the 36 states, yet has nothing to show for it.

“Governor Dickson should be accounting for his stewardship. He should account for how his oversized ego cost him and PDP the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

“Governor Dickson, for eight years, did what a typical PDP governor would do: he ran a directionless government, he squandered the state resources, and had no traceable positive impact on Bayelsa State.

“Rather than sounding ridiculous in an attempt to look for a scapegoat by blaming everyone else besides himself, he should explain how he single-handedly chased away other PDP leaders.

“APC did not need to intimidate the voters or arm-twist the agencies involved in the electoral process in Bayelsa State. Besides the fact that it is not our way, we actually had an easy victory in Bayelsa.

“Thanks to Governor Dickson himself for making victory easy for us. Dickson failed woefully on all fronts. He failed the people of Bayelsa who are daily faced with the reality of underdevelopment. There are no roads, no schools, no hospitals, and no visible improvement on their social life.

“On Monday, it was disclosed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that the inoperative and non functional N60 billion Bayelsa International Airport which Governor Dickson “launched” in February was constructed without perimeter fencing, the number one safety requirement for any airport. Surprisingly, he still wonders why the PDP lost the Bayelsa governorship election,” the APC taunted in the statement.

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Just In: Ruling Party, APC Kicks Against Bayelsa Governor, Dickson’s Appointment Of 32 Permanent Secretaries..

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has kicked against the recent appointment of 32 Permanent Secretaries in Bayelsa State Civil Service and other appointments in Ministries Departments and Agencies(MDAs) by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.

The APC which described the appointments as “lacking in proper procedure” said it is also “lopsided” and meant to over bloat the State Civil Service.

The party in a statement by its Secretary, Alabo Martins which stated that though the party is not averse to such appointments, especially if they are in tandem with civil service rules and regulations regretted that the “appointments are in bad taste just as the motive is clearly political and an effort to put the popular in -coming government in a bad light by ensuring that we are financially strangulated.”

The APC noted that it is deeply worried over the alleged clandestine indiscriminate employment going on across various MDAs without recourse to due process.

The party which disclosed that illegal transfers are being made across MDAs added that some local government areas are more favoured than others in the on-going exercise.

The statement read in part “If the outgoing administration was aware of the existence of these vacancies in the top echelon of the public service of the state and that the situation was creating a lull in the service, why were the vacancies left unfilled until this last minute of the administration.

No doubt, the appointments are in bad taste just as the motive is clearly political and an effort to put the popular in- coming government in a bad light by ensuring that we are financially strangulated. We appreciate the fact that until February 14, 2020, the present administration has the constitutional powers to hire and fire but this responsibility should be carried out in the best interest of the state and its people. We must say that the present scenario is just for the satisfaction of some political interests and therefore falls far short of the wider interests of the state.

“We advise the Government to concentrate on completing uncompleted projects, such as the 8-year old Isaac Boro express way. We also call on Bayelsans to hold the Restoration Government response in the future if some of these decisions are reviewed for the betterment of Bayelsa. The employment is supposed to be on geographical spread, to the eight local governments. But, it seems to be one sided. Some local governments are having more slots than others. Some communities are having more slots than others. In some cases, a whole family was considered. The rules and procedures do not allow applicants to apply for employment directly to the Governor. But, this is practice in the state. We, therefore, advise the state government to do the right thing for the sake of posterity”

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