By Fred Itua, Abuja


SENATOR Paulker Emmanuel has embarked on what many would probably classify a suicide mission. What has hap­pened?

Barely 24 hours before Bay­elsa Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson formally declared his second term ambition, Paulker had stormed the Wadata Plaza headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the December 5 governorship poll in his home state.Jonathan-Dickson-Emmanuel

Before Monday, September 7, many people were not aware that Paulker harboured such ambi­tion because it was believed that Paulker and Dickson belonged to the same political family led by former president Goddluck Jonathan.

Although Dickson’s Septem­ber 8 second term declaration was graced by party topnotch­ers; the move is now shrouded in controversy as some loyal party members are discussing in hushed tones, Jonathan’s endorsement of Dickson for a second term when the door was still supposed to be opened to other aspirants.

Perhaps, had the ex-president realised that the move would draw huge flak and upbraids from the PDP circle, he would have framed his views on the governor’s ambition in a differ­ent way.

President Jonathan hinged his endorsement of the Governor on the ground that “Bayelsa is not a cursed state. On the notion that governors in Bayelsa cannot do eight years, it slows down development and except there is continuation in government, development will be truncated. Performance is not about satisfy­ing individual needs, so we need to encourage Governor Dickson to go for second term.”

He added: “If you compare what has happened in other parts of the country, you will praise Dickson. People should think more about the way the state is being run and prepare for our future generation.

“Bayelsa is not a cursed state. On the notion that governors in Bayelsa cannot do eight years, it slows down development and except there is continuation in government, development will be truncated. Performance is not about satisfying individual needs and so we need to encourage Governor Dickson to go for second term.”

No sooner had Jonathan made the endorsement than the camp of other PDP governorship aspi­rants took on the former Presi­dent. To them, such endorsement would have made meaning if the party’s primary had taken place and Dickson emerged the candidate.

“I don’t know the basis for the endorsement , is he say­ing that other aspirants are not good enough to be governor and should not have bought the expression of interest/nomina­tion forms? Jonathan should have acted like a leader for all; regardless of where his interests lie,” a PDP chieftain in the state said.

Beyond the PDP circle, how­ever, several political watchers were taken aback that the ex-president and some PDP bigwigs including the Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus, openly backed the governor. Read More →

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By Segun James in Yenagoa

 

 

He didn’t die in my house, says Alaibe Bayelsa Govt: Sad and painful loss

The immediate past Bayelsa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), whose defection with others to the All Progressives Congress (APC), 19 days ago caused a stir, has died in Lagos.Sam-Inokoba

The announcement came just as the former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State on the platform of the APC, Mr. Timi Alaibe, on Wednesday denied some online reports that the late Inokoba died in his house in Lagos.

According to a statement issued by his eldest son, Waripamo, Inokoba,his 67-year-old father was said to have slumped and died in Lagos while on a private visit to his family.

Although information about how he died is still sketchy, insinuations flying around political circles has it that he may have died of food poisoning, while others claimed that the deceased’s health was frail and has been a regular visitor to various hospitals abroad, having recently slumped at a public gathering. Read More →

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By Willie Etim (Yenagoa) and Karls Tsokar (Abuja)

 


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MILITARY and marine police formations along the waterways and creeks of Bayelsa, yesterday, were placed on red alert, after unknown gunmen killed four soldiers and one mobile policeman along the Nembe waterways in the state.Nigeria-militants

Pretending to be on military assignment, the gunmen, numbering about six, in army uniform, caught the soldiers off guard and opened fire on them.

Four machine guns and other weapons used at the checkpoint were carted away by the attackers. The incident was said to have occurred at about 12am Friday, with the sound of heavy gunfire throwing coastal communities and fishing settlements in Nembe into panic.

A statement by Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja, stated that the “incident is being investigated and the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, has moved into action to arrest and apprehend the perpetrators of this unpatriotic and callous attacks.”

The unsigned statement said it “happened in our location at Nembe Jetty, near Ogolomabiri community in Bayelsa State, where suspected oil thieves attacked our location. Read More →

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By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

 

Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, on Monday, July 6, 2015, lamented that his predecessor, Timipre Sylva, squandered opportunities to develop the state during the five years that he presided over the affairs of the state.

The governor said Sylva ran the state aground and eventually burdened it with huge debts and bonds, which his administration has been repaying in the last three years.

Dickson spoke during an interview on “Focus Nigeria”, a news and current affairs programme of the Africa Independent Television (AIT), which was monitored in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

According to him, Bayelsa did not make any progress in terms of growth and development throughout the five years of the Sylva government. Read More →

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Press Release


The case involving a former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a fresh 50-count charge bordering on stealing and money laundering, came up for mention Thursday, June 25, 2015 before Justice A. F. Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Mr. Sylva is charged alongside Francis Okokuro, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku.timipre

They allegedly used three companies – Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween-Blue Construction and Logistics Limited to move over N19.2 billion from Bayelsa State coffers between 2009 and 2012.

Justice A. R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court had on June 10 dismissed the 42-count charge of stealing earlier brought against Sylva and his co-accused by the EFCC, with the excuse that the prosecution’s application to consolidate the charges before him, against the defendants, amounted to an abuse of court process. Read More →

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Posted by: Mike Odiegwu

 

 

The military authorities are currently studying the series of threats to peace and other security breaches emanating lately from the Niger Delta region.alex-badeh

The Defence Headquarters believes that the threats from some youth groups including ex-militants enjoying the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand.

Of particular concern to the military are increasing economic sabotage, kidnapping, piracy and other forms of criminality in the region despite the ongoing amnesty. Read More →

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Simon Utebor

 

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s close friend, Mr. Diekivie Ikiogha, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State.Goodluck-Jonathan

Ikiogha, who is a founding member of the PDP, crossed over to the APC at an elaborate ceremony held on Saturday at the Kpansia open field, Yenagoa, the state capital.

He defected with some other members of the erstwhile ruling party. Also, members of other political parties, including the All Progressives Grand Alliance, left with him for the APC.

Prominent members of the PDP that defected with him are Mr. Victor Awala, Mr. Paul Ajuwa, Mrs. D. Irene, Mr. Prince Abeki, a former commissioner, as well as over 150 former councillors from 1999 to 2012. Read More →

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