Category: Government

PDP on self discovery, victory in 2019, says Dickson

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Monday described the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), as a necessary phase of self-discovery.
According to him, the crisis would reposition the party for victory, in the subsequent general elections in the country.

Governor Henry  Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Monday described the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), as a necessary phase of self-discovery.

According to him, the crisis would reposition the party for victory, in the subsequent general elections in the country.

Governor Dickson stated this in an interview with journalists, shortly after conducting the Ondo State 2016 Gubernatorial Primary Election in which Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) emerged as the flag bearer of the PDP.

The Governor said that, although, what is happening in the PDP is not ideal, expressing hope that, the party would come out of the crisis stronger and united to re-invent a more prosperous Nigeria.

While commending the flag bearer and his co-contestant, Hon. Sakar Lawal for their show of maturity and love for the party, he urged Nigerians and PDP faithful not to despair in the face of the ongoing crisis, stressing that, the party has what it takes to get over it and provide a credible alternative in solving the socio-economic problems of the country.

The Governor, who is the chairman of the Electoral Committee also lauded the delegates and leaders of the party in the state, particularly Governor Olusegun Mimiko for providing purposeful leadership for the state and the party.

He said, “The PDP is going through an unfortunate phase. But as some say, it is an unnecessary phase of self-discovery and it is the first time the PDP has found itself in opposition. And now, without the centre, we are grappling to re-discover ourselves.

‘’The various players and party generally are adjusting ourselves to our new role as a party in opposition. Let me therefore, use this opportunity to call on Nigerians and party faithful not to lose hope even though what is going on is not ideal. But we hope to get over it and then give Nigerians what they are yearning for; and that is to provide a credible alternative for a new Nigeria.’’

Also speaking, the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Jumoke Akindele, commended the Governor Dickson-led electoral panel for conducting what they described as the most transparent and freest primary election in the annals of the party in recent times.

He particularly appreciated Governor Dickson for bringing his integrity to bear on the conduct of the primaries, noting that, the transparent and fair manner it held speaks volumes of the seriousness with which the PDP is addressing its challenges, with a view to recapturing power at the centre in 2019.

Making reference to his achievements in the state in the last 7 years, Dr. Mimiko expressed optimism that, the PDP would win the Ondo State Governorship polls slated for November, this year convincingly.

In their separate speeches, the PDP standard bearer, Barr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and his co-contestant Hon. Saka, Lawal, who polled 22 votes out of a total of 782 accredited voters, promised to close ranks and work for the victory of the party in the forthcoming election.

Bayelsa CJ’s son: Dickson mourns, demands probe of death

Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has expressed deep shock over the untimely death of Mr. Wariebi Abiri, son of Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, the Chief Judge of the State.
A statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said Dickson, made the lamentation after paying a condolence visit to the Chief Judge at her residence in Yenagoa.
A graduate of law and a student of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, late Abiri reportedly died in a swimming pool last Friday night in the Federal capital.
The governor noted with regret, the circumstances under in which, the life of the young Wariebi Abiri was cut short.
According to him, the State government will collaborate with the Police and other relevant agencies, to unravel the real cause of his death.
He described the deceased as a focused and promising young man, who was clearly preparing to make a wonderful career in the law profession, adding that his demise remains a painful loss to the Abiri family and the State in general.
While urging the family to see what has happened as the will of God, Dickson prayed God to strengthen them and grant the grace and fortitude to bear the loss.

“As a Government, be rest assured that, we will stand with you shoulder to shoulder in this very, very challenging period, especially in working with the Police and other relevant agencies of the Government to unearth the real cause of his death”, he stated.

State Government Condemns Attack on Soldiers ….. Commiserates With Military Authorities.

The Bayelsa State Government has commiserated with the Nigerian Military over the brutal killing of three soldiers by armed bandits at Nembe City in Nembe Local Government Area of the State.

Addressing the people of Nembe at the King Koko Square, Nembe Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, noted that the killing of the innocent soldiers was senseless, barbaric and not in the best interest of the Government and people of the State, especially the peace loving people of Nembe.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deuty, Retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, described the incident as mos painful and unfortunate, pointing out that, a similar one occurred in July, last year, where soldiers were attacked at the same security check-point in Nembe, resulting in deaths.

He noted that, he he took it upon himself to visit the scene of the incident to console and engage the military authorities, with a view to dousing the palpable tension in the community, occasioned by the sad incident.

While urging members of the community, who have fled to return home, he called on youths and other stakeholders to collaborate with the military authorities, in order to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book, he also pleaded with the clergy to continue to pray for lasting peace in the community.

Also speaking, The Commander, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral J. O. Okojie, assured the people of Nembe that the perpetrators of the dastardly act would be made to account for their mindless actions, adding that, his men were already on their trail.

He, however, urged members of the community to volunteer useful information to the military authorities, stressing that, innocent citizens would not be molested.

Earlier in their separate speeches, Hon. Ebi Ben-Ololo, Member, Representing Nembe Constituency I in the State House of Assembly; Chief Bright Erewari-Iweka, Vice-Chairman, Nembe Council of Chiefs and Chief Walter Feghabo-Amain, all condemned the killing of the soldiers and also expressed their condolences to the military authorities.

They also recalled that since the coming of the Military Joint Task Force to Nembe, the community had enjoyed relative peace, stressing that, members of the community would continue to co-operate with the military, with a view to ensuring that, the perpetrators are are apprehended and made to face the law.

The Deputy Governor was accompanied by Hon. Ben Ololo of the State House of Assembly, Representing Nembe Constituency I; Hon. Jonathan Obuebite , Commissioner of Information and Orientation and Chief Kuroghofa Ben-Wari , Chairman, Nembe Local Government Council, amongst others.

I’ll continue to fulfill my mandate, Dickson tells Bayelsans

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has promised that, despite the dwindling financial resources, occasioned by the general economic downturn, his administration will continue to fulfill its obligations to the people of the state, especially the workforce.

Governor Dickson, who gave the assurance in his opening remarks at the 62nd State Executive Council meeting in Yenagoa, stated that, the government will continue to do its best to deliver on its mandate of providing quality infrastructure, social amenities and welfare of the citizenry.

 He commended the public service and the entire people of the Sate for their support and understanding, in spite of the difficult times, stressing that, the Government will keep faith with its policies and programmes geared towards making life more meaningful for Bayelsans.

 “I want to express my gratitude to Bayelsans for their support, understanding and prayers offered for the peace and development of the state. Government will continue to meet its obligations to the expectations of our people.

 Particularly, I want to also thank the public service for their support and understanding to bear with us in our trying moments.

 “Though, the economic downturn experienced in the state is due to the dwindling national economy, the government is working very hard to turn things around by diversifying the economy of the state.”

 Hon. Dickson also commended members of the executive council for their dedication to service, continued loyalty and love, including their prayers for the administration.