PDP’s Douye Diri sworn-in as Bayelsa governor

  • Police declare 3-day curfew to check escalation of violence
  • Violent protests, Oshiomhole’s handiwork – PDP

Bayelsa State now has its fifth civilian governor in the person of Senator Douye Diri who was sworn-in on Friday in Yenagoa.

He, alongside Senator Lawrence Erwujakpor, took the oath of office and the oath of allegiance to become the new governor and deputy governor of following the judgement of the Supreme Court which ousted David Lyon of the APC as the governor-elect..

The oaths were administered on them by the Bayelsa State Chief Justice, Kate Abiri, in line with Sections 185 and 187 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Abiri, who was accompanied by other judges, referred to the occasion as the solemn function of the judiciary, describing the event as unique, being on Valentine’s Day.

She recalled that in 2012 when she swore in former governor Seriake Dickson, she enjoined the people of Bayelsa to pray for his government.

She further appealed to the people of the State to extend such prayers to the new government to lead a successful administration.

Meanwhile, the police have declared a three-day curfew in Bayelsa as violence erupted in Yenagoa following the political development of the last 24 hours.

Notably, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, David Lyon, who won the November 2019 governorship election in the State, was sacked Thursday by the Supreme Court because his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to aid his qualification for the election.

The curfew was in response to violent protests, apparently led by aggrieved APC supporters, which erupted in Yenagoa, and other parts of the State following the sacking of Lyon by the court.

The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa, Uche Anozia, announced that a three-day curfew has been declared in the State from 8 am to 6 pm to forestall the breakdown of order.

The curfew which begins Friday, would last till Sunday.

The police commissioner said eight persons have so far been arrested in connection with the violent protests.

Some buildings, including PDP Secretariat in Yenagoa, were touched by the protesters.

A radio station belonging to the State government was also reportedly vandalised and looted by the protesters.

The PDP has accused the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, of instigating the violence, apparently because of the comment he made that INEC should not issue Certificate of Return to Diri, whom he argued did not meet the constitutional requirements to become governor.

“The PDP therefore charges the people of Bayelsa, the security agencies and Nigerians at large, to hold Oshiomhole responsible and accountable for the violence in Bayelsa state and deal with him accordingly in line with the provisions of our laws.

“The PDP calls on the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately pull in the factional National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, for questioning and prosecution for incitement,” the PDP spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement Friday evening.

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