Governor Senator Diri
Following his recent victory at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, which affirmed his victory as Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has dedicated his good fortunes to God and the prayers of Bayelsans. Mr Timi Alaibe had challenged Diri’s victory at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election on September 3, 2019, which the country’s apex court dismissed for lack of merit.
The victorious governor was greeted with a massive reception upon his arrival in Yenagoa on Thursday night. He said the demonstration of love and support by Bayelsans was overwhelming and heart-warming.
The acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Dan Alabrah, in a statement said Diri was joined by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker of the House of Assembly and other legislators, top government functionaries, PDP stalwarts among others for a victory thanksgiving service at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa.
Alabrah said the governor expressed gratitude to the people of the state for their support and encouragement, adding that he never expected the display of love and warm reception when he arrived in the state as late as 9:00p.m.
“I never expected this kind of reception. As late as the time I arrived, people were still at the entrance into Bayelsa and up to the Government House gate. And the shocker I had was inside of this chapel. This victory is not mine. You are the owners of this victory,” the governor was quoted to have said at the reception.
In continuation he added, “I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the Supreme Court Justices for their display of integrity. This judgement has shown to the whole world that indeed the apex court is the last hope for the common man.” He, therefore, called on all Bayelsans, including Chief Timi Alaibe and his other opponents to join hands with his administration to build the state, noting that Bayelsa had lots of potential waiting to be harnessed.
Again, the governor said: “There is so much for us as a state. As I keep saying, the only way this state can grow is when we free our minds from acrimony, hatred and covetousness. Bayelsa is still one state. But let us realise that power only comes from God. Whatever it is that has angered anyone, let us sheathe the sword in the interest of the state. Let us shun hatred and embrace love. That is only when Bayelsa can move forward. This victory is not mine. It is for all Bayelsans who have been praying with us.”
Addressing journalists after the service, the governor disclosed that he was ready to hit the ground running with the constitution of his cabinet, which is ready. He expressed regret over the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said had stalled governance and socio-economic activities globally, but assured the good people of Bayelsa State that the men and women he has chosen to serve in his administration will deliver value to them.
He promised that his government will place a premium on the development of trade, industry, investment and small and medium scale enterprises in order to empower the people and boost the local economy.