Former Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Niger Delta, Kennedy West, has said that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last Saturday’s governorship election did not come as a surprise following irregularities in the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The Tide reports that this is the first time the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be losing governorship election in Bayelsa State since the return of democracy in 1999.
Also, West said the election was lost to the APC, the main opposition in the state because the PDP under Governor Seriake Dickson was insensitive to the needs of stakeholders there, even as he alleged that incumbent Governor Dickson picked a governorship candidate against the wishes of the people.
West, who spoke when he appeared at a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt monitored by The Tide last Monday, also said the failure of the PDP under the leadership of Governor Dickson generated from the governor’s disconnect from the elites of Bayelsa State, noting that the governor is secretive.
“He (Dickson) has been shrouded with secrecy and sycophancy. As I was coming from Bayelsa State, droves of people came out to celebrate. This is the first time, can you recall any defector from APC to the PDP from when INEC blew the whistle?
“One thing that politicians should know when you make empty campaign promises, when you alienate yourself from the people that elected you, know that there is a day of reckoning. You can’t cheat a man and cheat him for too long. You can cheat some people sometime, but you cannot cheat all the people all the time, especially in a democratic dispensation.
“Bayelsans and the Ijaw people were able to tell the state of Nigeria that you do not mistake the gentle movement of the cat for weakness,” the ex-aide to Governor Dickson said.
On what he meant by insensitivity to the needs of the people, he said: “We don’t have PDP in Bayelsa State. In a state where you singlehandedly picked a governorship candidate against the wishes of the people.
“You singlehandedly brought your deputy governor who was your Personal Assistant when you were Special Adviser to the former President, who was your Personal Assistant when you were Attorney-General of the State.
“Who was your Personal Assistant when you were a member of the House of Representatives and who became your Commissioner of Works for eight years and then you brought him?”
By: Dennis Naku
Bayelsa 2019 Guber Primaries: Again, Diri Floors Alaibe, As Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal filed by former managing Director of the NDDC and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Bayelsa State Governorship primaries, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, challenging the emergence of Governor Duoye Diri as the party’s standard bearer.
A panel constituted of Five Justices of the apex court headed by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour stroke-out the appeal.
Alaibe’s counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, withdrew the appeal after the panel members pointed his attention to the fact that the issues raised in the appeal were not about the primary election but about an internal affair of the party.
Alaibe, who had lost the suit at both the Federal High Court in Owerri and the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, had in the suit challenged the participation of two delegates who voted in the primary that produced Diri as the party’s Governorship flag bearer.
Meanwhile in the preliminary inquiry preceding the hearing on Tuesday, the Justice Rhodes-Vivour panel informed Adedipe that his case could not be categorised as a pre-election case that a court could entertain but about an internal affair of the party which the court lacks jurisdiction to hear, this The Tide learnt made Adedipe to withdrew the suit and was struck out by the court.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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