Bayelsa state governor: High Tension In Bayelsa, One Week After The Swearing-In Of Governor Douye Diri Of The PDP

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There is still palpable tension in parts of Bayelsa State, especially Yenagoa, the State capital, and some parts of the creek, one week after the swearing-in of Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who lost the election at the poll, but became Governor, following a Supreme Court judgment and subsequent declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

One week after the Apex Court ruling which ousted Chief David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the earlier declared winner of the election by INEC, tension is still very high in the State, even as Diri and his predecessor, Seriake Dickson, repeatedly called for calm and peace, just as many still believe that something could be done to reverse the Apex Court ruling, while others prepare for the worst, including a showdown with the authorities. 
For most of the residents who craved anonymity, the court’s decision has ruined their hopes of a better Bayelsa, which they believe Lyon could deliver.
The tension is further heightened by fears of possible attacks on oil installations in the creeks, by aggrieved Militants and ex-Militant groups, who have warned through the Reformed Niger Delta Agenda, RNDA, of dire consequences, if the ruling is not reversed.
A Social Commentator, Wisdom Ikuli, also decried the ruling, saying: “You can see the mood of the people, everyone is looking lost and moody. It shows that Lyon’s victory is not just an APC victory, it is the victory of the people.
“Nobody is happy here with the ruling, and I believe it is a lesson to the APC Chieftains, and to so many others in the party. But I want to believe that the last has not been heard of the Apex Court ruling. I just want the people to be calm. The lesson, I believed, has been learnt.

“Even at that, the curfew imposed on the State, since Friday, last week, is also having a toll on the people and businesses in the State, especially transporters, hoteliers, bars and nightclubs, as the State is losing millions of naira in revenue from these sectors, just as many are incarcerated daily by the Police and other Security Agencies, as the curfew lasts. Policemen have taken the curfew as an opportunity to make money, and so, as early as 9:40pm, many are thrown into waiting vans, mainly for exhortation purposes, further heightening tension. The initial three-day dusk to dawn curfew was extended, and could further be reviewed, if the situation remains tense.”
While the State is on the verge of explosion, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Alfred Kemepado, called for calm, advising aggrieved persons to follow democratic procedures, to ensure peace and stability in the interest of the Ijaw nation.

It alleged a plot by disgruntled politicians to visit Bayelsa with violence as a result of the judgment, adding that desperate politicians are bent on causing chaos, including coordinated attacks of oil installations in the State against the overall interest of the Ijaw nation.
Diri, ostensibly in reaction to the mood, promised that his administration is poised to offer a renewed hope to the people.
The Governor, in a statewide broadcast, on Thursday, contended that victory in a political contest, is not an end in itself, but a means to foster peace, stability, and development in all spheres. He acknowledged outstanding issues arising from the implementation of his predecessor’s policies, which he is a part of, but expressed his determination to accommodate fresh perspectives for the good of Bayelsa.

Diri said that the time has come for all Bayelsans to join hands with his administration, to frontally address the myriad of challenges facing them, including poverty and ignorance.

Meanwhile, Dickson has condemned the demonstrations in the Abuja and Port Harcourt residences of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, calling on the Federal Government to fortify security around Judges, especially those involved in the Bayelsa State Supreme Court verdict.Hide original message
The former Governor, described the protests as reprehensible, crude, barbaric, and most condemnable, adding that, the protesters at the residence of Justice Odili, should be made to realise that Nigeria, a society under the rule of law, has no place for such a desecration of the rule of law, at this age.
He urged all Nigerians of good conscience to condemn the attempt to arm twist and bring the Judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, to needless opprobrium. 
Dickson called on the Police and other Security Agencies, to ensure that those who carried out the assault on the law, peace, and stability of the State, are brought to justice.

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