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David Lyon names Degi Eremienyo as running mate

Senator Degi-Eremienyo
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 16 November 2019 Bayelsa State Governorship Election, Chief David Lyon, has named Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo as his running mate.

Degi-Eremienyo is currently representing Bayelsa East in the Senate. He is Vice Chairman of both the Special Duties Committee and the Gas Resources Committee in the Red Chamber.

Degi-Eremienyo studied Agricultural Economics/Extension at the Rivers state University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same university.

The Deputy Governorship Candidate served as Bayelsa State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs under Governor Goodluck Jonathan. He was Executive Director at the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

Senator Degi-Eremienyo is married with children.

David Lyon thanks APC members for overwhelming support


David Lyon

 The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, sends his heartfelt thanks to party members for their overwhelming support for his candidature during the primary election on September 4 in Yenagoa.

Lyon says, “Please, accept this as my heartfelt thanks for your massive support for my candidature. I acknowledge the contributions of all APC members to the success of the exercise.

“The overwhelming vote of the people is a testament to their immense confidence in my person, my experience, and my abilities. I promise to put all these and much more to the service of Bayelsa State, if elected governor on November 16.

“I make a solemn pledge this day never to disappoint my party, APC, and the people of Bayelsa State. I will not abuse this huge confidence reposed in me by the people.”

He extends a hand of fellowship to the other contestants at the primary election, saying, “Your fervent approach to the primary election campaign and the election itself to pick our governorship candidate is an indication of your passion for the success of our party. But in every election, there is a winner.

“We disagreed to agree. Now is the time to come together, work together, and strategise together to move our party and our state forward.

“Let us rally round our campaign for ‘A Better Bayelsa for All’. Let us put Bayelsa first and set aside our personal differences.

“Our state has suffered too much in the hands of Governor Seriake Dickson to allow the present regime to continue under any proxy or guise. The time to change this regime of backwardness, pain and poverty is now.”

Again, Bayelsa youths woo Ebi Egbe into guber race

Ebi Egbe
Bayelsa youths under the aegis of Youths for Democratic Change in Nigeria has again called on Mr. Ebi Egbe aka Money Love to contest the November 16th governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The youth group which has more than ten thousand membership drawn from the eight local government areas of the state also appealed to Mr. Ebi Egbe to heed the clarion call and throw his hat into the ring to rescue the state from the quagmire of stagnation, poverty and underdevelopment.

The chairman of the Youths for Democratic Change in Nigeria, Mr. Tarabina James while bearing his mind on the forthcoming governorship election in an exclusive interview with newsmen in Yenagoa, said the appeal became necessary in view of Mr. Egbe’s antecedents, professional competence, technical capacity, private business expertise, philanthropism and job creation credentials which puts him above other candidates as one who can salvage Bayelsa State.

According to James, the youths are clamouring for Ebi Egbe because they saw in him a youth friendly individual, a youth friendly businessman and a youth friendly Bayelsan who has the competence to steer the affairs of the state to the admiration of Nigerians.

He noted that the organisation is ever prepared to stand with him, work with him to ensure that Mr. Egbe delivers on the mandate to Bayelsans.

His words:” I want to seize this opportunity to call on one of our own, a man we know has demonstrated youth capacity initiative to the admiration of all Bayelsans. We have seen someone who has built his business from scratch to a million dollars conglomerate.

We know a man who has capacity to turn around the fortunes of Bayelsans and that is in the person of Ebi Egbe aka Money Love.”

The chairman of the group added:” I want to seize this opportunity to set the records straight that we have been in discussion with him. We have seized several platforms to appeal to him to obey the clarion call of over 10, 000 youths in Bayelsa State who are indeed happy and expectant that the likes of Ebi Egbe would found themselves in to the race because it will be a win win situation.

Well, he is a man that listens most especially to the youths and let me tell you that we are still engaging positive minds in Bayelsa to take up the responsibility of correcting the abnormalities, the ills, the decadence in our society which is glaring for everyone to see.”

” very faulty security situation in Bayelsa State, education is still not good enough, inadequate health care system and when it comes to the economy it is obviously failing for reasons of the fact that there has been no participation, no drive especially from the private sector and robust encouragement from government.

So we are not tired, we are not giving up yet and the decision is with him and we know before the political window elapses Mr. Ebi Egbe would heed our call and contest the governorship election come November 16. And let me make this categorically clear that Bayelsans will no longer vote party this time around but will sue for individuals that can drive the state forward.”

Favour emerges winner of Miss Crystal Nigeria Globe pageant

Enugu state beauty queen and model Miss Otenyi Chiamaka Favour has emerged the winner of Miss Crystal Nigeria Globe held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.

She beat 15 contestants to pick up the flamboyant title with glitz and fanfare on September 1, 2019.
However, Queen Rita and Queen Joy became the 2n and 3rd runner ups at the beauty pageant.

According to Queen Favour, no prize is attached to the crown but she is glad that she won the title.
The 22-year-old beauty queen when cornered said “I wasn’t happy at the beginning because I lost someone so dear to me some hours to the grand final but at the end I was so happy that I was able to make him happy wherever he is”.

The show is organized by Sosmith Empire Entertainment.

Politics aren’t dirty, says Accord Party flag bearer

The Accord Party, (AP) flag bearer for the 2019 Bayelsa guber race, Reverend Ebizimor Diriyai says politics is not a dirty game except for politicians who don’t have anything to offer.

He made this assertion at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital when he is affirmed by delegates of the party primary as the consesus candidate.

The delegates found him to be worthy to carry the party flag for the November 16, 2019 governorship elections.

Reverend Diriyai who is also a lecturer in the vineyard disclosed that Accord Party believes in oneness because everybody is on one accord with one another, adding that nobody would be left out on the part of development.

According to him, Bayelsa state shall prosper and make progress under his administration if elected as governor even more that the acronym called ‘Glory of All Lands”.

Also speaking, the state chairman of the party, Pastor Fisi has appealed to all and sundry to join the party and take Bayelsa state to the promise land because the state is rich to accommodate all.
He assured that Reverend Briyai doubtless is the answer to the problems of the people as he’s poised to carry out his campaigns to all nook and crannies of the state.

The national youth leader of the party in his remark said that Accord Party is owned by Nigerians, urging the executives of the party and Bayelsans to join hands together to deliver the guber candidate during the November 16, 2019 election.

Who wins APC Guber primaries in Bayelsa?

Even if the primary elections of All Progressive Congress, APC, is yet to hold in Bayelsa state following legal battle instituted at the Sagbama High Court sitting in Yenagoa, it is pertinent to ferret out who wins the primaries when it eventually holds few days ahead.

Two contenders are obviously come into the picture. One is the former Minister of State for Agriculture Hon. Heineken Lokpobiri and Mr. David Lyon, a philanthropis, oil and gas mogul, owner of Darlon Securities and Guards.

He has a workforce of over 5,000 people from all parts of the state with proper engagement and empowerment who is being described as quiet politician from Ologbobiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.

The politician as reports have it, not much is known about his political career except the fact that he decamped to APC in 2014 after a face-off with Governor Dickson tutored oil surveillance committee set up the under the administration of Joshua Machiver in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

His entrance to the guber race is greeted with mixed reactions because his local government area is the largest in Bayelsa state. Reports say the local areas were thrown into wild jubilation with friendly gunshots along the creeks and water ways. It adds excitement and increase number of aspirants in APC.

The guber aspirant, it is gathered, has his short comings in the area of outspoken on major issues within the state and outside. The PDP and APC however expressed optimism over Lyon to emerge flag bearer and winning the governorship election.

Most people claimed that Lyon emergence and rising squabbles within the PDP may secure victory for the opposition.

He came into  the scene in Abuja after it dawn on loyalists of the newly appointed minister, Chief Timipre Sylva has dropped his idea to run for governor and left his structures for him to use.

Senator Lokpobiri was born on March 3, 1963. A Nigerian politician who was elected senator April 2007 under the platform of PDP for Bayelsa West senatorial District and Minister of state and Rural Development.. He was also a former Speaker of the Bayelsa state House of the Assembly.

He informed his party about intention to contest. He is a jovial man with beautiful heart and believed to set good example. He will not want the primaries to divide APC in Bayelsa state and also thinking about how APC will win the 2019 governorship elections.

When Chief Sylva is appointed as Minister, he congratulated him, describing the appointment as well deserved adding that, that was the type of development Bayelsa APC needed to wrest power from the ruling PDP in the state come November 16, 2019.

Now, the main issue why Sylva is against Senator Lokpobiri is zoning, that Governor Dickson from Bayelsa West have ruled for eight years. Why Lokpobiri who is from the same senatorial district wants to be governor again for another eight years?

But the Lokpobiri camp is sharp to point out that the same scenario has played out previously in Bayelsa. For instance, when Goodluck Jonathan was governor and moved to Abuja as Vice President, Sylva who is from Bayelsa East was made the governor.

Integrity, service and transparency count in politics in spite of the failure of Nigeria’s political leadership over the years.

The boys must be separated from the men in any contest. The APC has a problem per se. It is gathered that the party do not have authentic list of party members, sources say. You see the name of a party member appears in Southern Ijaw and the same name appear in Yenagoa local government area. This brings to the fore the type of primary the party is adopting to elect their governorship candidate. Whether it’s gonna be direct or indirect?

Agbedi campaign organization condemns intimidation of delegates

Fred Agbedi

The Fred Agbedi campaign organization has condemned persons that have resorted to the intimidation and harassment of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, delegates
Not only that, such persons have also restricting aspirants to have access to the delegates.
This contained in press statement made available to by the Director of Media/Publicity of the organization Mr. Miriki Beikibina in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.

According to him, this is contrary to the decision reached by the party and aspirants that the delegates camped together at strategic locations for the purpose of unhindered access to them by the aspirants who are major financiers of the arrangement.

He said that this action is also contrary to the conduct of the primaries by the PDP at both state and national levels in the past, adding that it represents unfortunate and sinister motive of preventing the delegates from having access to their families and friends.

The Director further explained that some who spoke on conditions of anonymity complained of inhuman treatment meted out to them through the instrumentality of security operatives who subjected them to untold hardship.

He described this as unfortunate and condemnable as the delegates are respected men and women, youiths and party faithful and loyalists who are to carry out their civic party obligations as required by the party’s constitution to freely exercise their franchise.

Therefore, the campaign demanded that these unruly actions of intimidation and harassment of delegates should be halted and the perpetrators should be call to order.

While commenting the maturity and resilience of delegates who intend to vote for the aspirants of their choice despite the intimidation and harassment, his campaign organization called on the leadership of the PDP to address the ugly and embarrassing situation ahead of the governorship primaries in the state as a way of ensuring the conduct of free fair, credible and transparent primaries that will be accepted to all.

South South Peoples Assembly demands sack of Prof. Dokubo over fraud, incompetence

Ayakeme Whisky
The South- South Peoples Assembly a body established to promote the socio-cultural affinity, economic and political advancement of the peoples of the South-South region has called for the immediate sack of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo over corruption and gross incompetence.

Chief Dr. Whisky, National Secretary of  the group made the call at a press conference in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

According to Dr. Whisky, Prof. Dokubo has derailed from the objective behind the establishment of the Amnesty Program, thereby threatening the fragile Peace and order in the Niger Delta region.

He said, "Prof. Dokubo has been a monumental mistake and failure. He lacks the mental and managerial acumen to be retained as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program.

We therefore demand without equivocation that for the interest of sustainable peace and order in the Niger Delta region, Prof. Dokubo should not and must not be reappointed unless the administration of President Muhammad Buhari and the self confessed anti- corruption crusade is a hoax.

Unfortunately, the present Coordinator of the program has created ominous signs of derailment such that the fragile Peace and order in the Niger Delta region is being gravely threatened. This is because the managers of the program are enmeshed in monumental fraud, malfeasance, unbridled greed, self-aggrandizement and corruption."

Dr. Whisky accused the Amnesty boss of deliberately refusing to pay Vendors and Contractors the statutory 15% mobilization fee despite committing them to supply insurance bonds and Advance Payment Guarantees (APG) from banks at exorbitant costs.

The SSPA National Secretary noted though Prof. Dokubo has given reasons for the non payment of vendor contractors on lack of fund but evidenced abound that he (Dokubo) and his cohorts are engaged in outright looting of the Amnesty funds running in to billions of Naira.

“We now know, with unassailable evidence that Prof. Dokubo, using one Elvis as a front reportedly siphoned sums totaling N1.1b (one billion one hundred million naira) allegedly paid without contractual agreement, due diligence and compliance with the Public Procurement Acts.

Much more perplexing is the alleged dubious payment of another N5.5b (five billion five hundred Naira) only to himself and his cronies, using over 95 front companies. The payments were made in respect to supposed supply of equipments that was never supplied.

There now appears to be a clear nexus between these monies brazenly stolen and the vandalization of the Amnesty Training Centre, Kaiama where equipments worth billions of naira were carted away in daylight robbery," Dr. Whisky stated.

He added that "While Prof. Dokubo and his clique are busy stealing from our common patrimony without the blink of an eyebrow, vendors and contractors of the Amnesty Program who have genuine claims are left groaning in debts.

Today, the reckless and inept style of management has reportedly created very huge contractual debts overhang of over N30billion. Some of these contractors have reportedly disposed assets hitherto acquired to payoff debts owed on account of Prof. Dokubo's callousness and intransigence

Court discharges, acquits Jonathan’s ex-aide of alleged N1.6bn fraud......Says prosecution failed to investigate case properly

The Federal High Court in Lagos has discharged and acquitted former President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide, Dr Waripamo Owei-Dudafa of an alleged N1.6billion fraud charge. 
In a 190-page judgment, Justice Mohammed Idris held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to prove any of the 22-count charge beyond reasonable doubt against Owei-Dudafa and a Heritage Bank worker Joseph Iwejuo.
He said the anti-graft agency’s case was “based on suspicions” but that suspicions “cannot take the place of legal evidence”.
Justice Idris also observed that the EFCC failed to call vital witnesses, including Jonathan and former NSA Sambo Dasuki, who could have helped its case.
The judge noted that a particular vital witness, Sompre Omeibi, who could have linked the defendants to the offences, was not summoned to testify.
“Why did the prosecution fail to call Sompre Omiebi to testify?” the judge wondered.
The court also dismissed the EFCC’s claim that the bags delivered by Dudafa to Jonathan contained dollars. 
Justice Idris held that there was no proof for that.
“How did the prosecution know that the bags contained dollars?” the judge wondered again.
He said the Prosecution failed to carry out proper investigation.