Category: Government

Governor Dickson swears in State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC)

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson today conducted the swearing-in ceremony of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) to oversee the processes leading to the conducting of a peaceful, free and fair Local Government Election which is projected to hold in 2018. The persons that were sworn in after being cleared by the House Of Assembly are

1. Dr. Betola Perekeme – Chairman

2. Chief Remember Ogbe – Member

3. Amafini Zipadou – Member

4. Diepreye Dede – Member

5. Preye Broderick – Member

6. Alhaji Kasim Oru – Member

7. Barrister Marshall Abraham – Member

8. Hon. Dengiye Obarugu – Member

Thanksgiving in Edo State

Governor Dickson attends a thanksgiving Service in Ogbe Stadium, Benin City, Edo State. The event was Hosted by the state government led by Governor Godwin N. Obaseki.

In Governor Dickson’s words, ‘we cannot thank God enough and as long as we have breath, mortal men must consistently remember their source.

Also present at the thanksgiving service are the former Governor of Edo state, Chief Adams Oshiomole, the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and other eminent personalities.

Governor Dickson meets Clark on security and tension in Niger Delta

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, and foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on Friday held a meeting on critical issues affecting the Niger Delta region.

The meeting focused on the state of security especially the break down of law and order in some areas and the escalating tension in the oil rich region.

The meeting followed a recent threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume attacks on oil installations in the region.

Hon. Dickson said shortly after the meeting that the deliberations focused on how steps could be taken to establish contacts with the Federal Government on the one hand, and the aggrieved youths on the other as part of efforts to prevent a major crisis in the area.

The Governor in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, stated that the meeting also condemned the disruption of the forth quarter general meeting of the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum by security operatives in Port Harcourt on 26th of October 2017.

The statement quoted the Governor as having said that the meeting called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disruption of the PENDEF’s meeting in Port Harcourt.

Governor Dickson and Chief Clark who condemned the action of the security agencies argued that PANDEF like other organizations, had the right as provided for by law to hold their meetings.

He also called on the agencies responsible for the disruption of the meeting to tender an apology to the elders who were embarrassed by the unprovoked reaction from the agencies.

The men of the Nigeria Police had taken over the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt Venue of a meeting of PANDEF led by Chief Clark on Oct. 26,2017.

No reason was given by the security agencies for the disruption of the PANDEF meeting.

Dickson said, “Chief Edwin Clark and I just had a meeting on issues affecting the Niger Delta region. In specific terms, the meeting dwelt on the break down of law and order, general security and the escalating in the Niger Delta.

We explored how we can step up contacts with the Federal Government on the one hand and the agitators on the other.

“We condemn the security measures taken to stop the meeting of PANDEF in Port Harcourt on October 26, 2017 and demand that the action of the security agencies should be investigated and apology tendered for what happened.
We find the action of the security agencies unacceptable because PANDEF like every other organization, has the right to meet as enshrined in the constitution “

He said that the meeting also discussed efforts being made at repositioning and strengthening the umbrella Ijaw organizations especially the Ijaw National Congress and the Ijaw Youth Council.

He stressed that some progress had been made in the efforts he initiated alongside Ijaw elders and leaders to stabilize these bodies.

PDP Convention: Gov Dickson Warns Against Imposition of Candidates …Says no Leader Should Usurp the Powers of Delegates …Says Party Must Avoid Fresh Crisis



As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for its national convention, to elect national officers on December 9, 2017, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, has warned against imposition of candidates on the party.

Governor Dickson in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, said the next convention was critical to the survival of the PDP. The statement added that the Governor was totally against imposition of candidates for positions at the convention and calls on PDP leaders and delegates to make sacrifices for the unity of the party.

He stressed that in cases where party stakeholders/delegates are unable to reach a consensus on any position, the party should allow all aspirants who have bought nomination forms to test their popularity on the convention ground.

The Governor noted that it was by creating a level-playing field for all aspirants in a transparent convention that the PDP would be stronger and more cohesive.

Governor Dickson, a former Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee, warned that the Convention should not be conducted in a manner that could plunge the party into fresh crisis.

He wants leaders of the party to avoid the temptation of taking over the place of the convention and the rights of the delegates to choose leaders for the Party.

He said, “The next convention is critical to the survival of the party. My position is that the party should organize an all-inclusive, transparent, acceptable, and credible convention that would rebrand the PDP and show our platform as a truly democratic party.

“Therefore I am against all forms of manipulations, intimidations, blackmail and imposition of candidates. For me, there should be no imposition at all.

“I will not be a party to the adoption of anybody for any office unless it is by consensus of the zone in which the position has been zoned to. If there is more than one contestant for a position, they should be given the opportunity to test their popularity at the convention.

“A leader, no matter how highly placed should not take the place of the Convention and the powers of the delegates to the convention.

“Therefore, on the position of Chairman and other offices, once there is more than a contestant, PDP leaders and members should be free to canvass for any candidate of their choice; nobody should quarrel with that….”

He said the PDP must understand that Nigerians see the forthcoming National Convention as an opportunity that will usher in a rebranded and united PDP, which Nigerians will be happy to embrace in 2019.

While noting that the PDP can regain its glory, Governor Dickson said the December Convention is a precursor to the Presidential primary, stressing that if the PDP gets its national convention right, it is likely to hold a successful Presidential Primary in 2018.


Governor Dickson Condoles Tinubu Over Death of Son

Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Henry Seriake Dickson has commiserated With former Lagos State Governor and APC chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the demise of his son, Jide Tinubu.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Francis Ottah Agbo described the death of Jide as untimely and shocking. The Governor prayed God to grant the departed eternal repose and also grant the Tinubu family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Bayelsa Annual Thanksgiving Service, 2017

‘God is not man that He should lie, neither is He the son of man that He would repent. We are mare mortals and God, by His will and His alone chose us all. No achievement of can ever be attributed to self but Gods unfailing mercy.

Men ought to thank God and that’s what we are doing in Bayelsa today.
Since 2012 when we assumed office, we have separated this day, 2nd of November to thank God as a state, as a people and like the Holy book says, when we praise God, the earth will yield her increase. Bayelsa will yield her increase.


Countdown to the Dedication of the 10, 000 Seat Ecumenical Centre in Bayelsa State

The Ecumenical Centre was constructed by the Dickson lead Restoration Government. Speaking to the press  at the venue, the Governor expressed appreciation to God for permitting him to build the Centre stating that it was a privilege and eternal honour to do so.

The Centre  will be dedicated to God on Tuesday  31st October  2017 by Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the 7th Bayelsa State Annual Thanksgiving Service will hold on Thursday 2nd of November, 2017.

Oba Akiolu Backs True Federalism, Says Nigeria Won’t Break Up

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has said, returning the country to true federalism will enable federating units grow at their pace and place the country on the paths of peace and progress. He said contrary to insinuations in some quarters that true federalism and devolution of powers would breakup the country, he averred that they would rather reduce the tension in the land, give a sense of belonging to all federating units and stabilise the country. A press statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo noted that the Oba dropped the hint when the Governor of Bayelsa State, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson paid him a courtesy call in his Palace on Wednesday, October 25. The Oba congratulated the Governor for the giant developmental strides in Bayelsa State. While praying God to continue to strenghten him, the Royal Father said he fully supports Governor Dickson’s call for true federalism and devolution of power. ” I have always supported the call for true federalism. The Federal Government as a father figure should allow the states to have a significant feel of what they produce; that way Nigeria will be stable and peaceful. Nigeria shall not break up and no reasonable person wants this country to break up because it is better we remain together as one country than to split. But for all sections of the country to be happy, we all should have a major say in what we produce in our communities . Anything coming from a particular State, majority of the benefits should go to that same state,” he declared. He called on the political leadership of the country at all levels, to do what is right for the unity of the country. The Governor thanked the Oba for his kind words, his fatherly support to successive administrations in Lagos State and above all, for making Lagos home for all, irrespective of tribe, religion and Creed. Governor Dickson also called on Royal Fathers across the country to support the call for true federalism and devolution of power to the federating units, adding that it is by so doing that the unity of the country can stand the test of time!