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PDP’s Loss Of Bayelsa Poses Serious Threat To Rivers – Wike
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PDP’s Loss Of Bayelsa Poses Serious Threat To Rivers – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday expressed concern that the capitulation of the Peoples Democratic Party in neighbouring Bayelsa by the All Progressives Congress (APC) portends danger for Rivers State. He said with the defeat of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led PDP in Bayelsa, it was apparent that the “next onslaught of the APC would be to capture Rivers State at all cost.” He relived the fears when the new Amayanabo of Wakrike kingdom and prominent chiefs of Okrika visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt. “Unfortunately, one of our states is gone to the enemies. But God will help us. For us who are from Rivers State, we should know that there will be attack on us because the enemy has entered our territory. They will attack us, but with your prayer, Rivers State will...
Seriake Dickson Inaugurates 41-Member Transition Committee
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Seriake Dickson Inaugurates 41-Member Transition Committee

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Tuesday inaugurated a 41-member Transition Committee in readiness for the inauguration of the incoming administration in the state. David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the November 16 governorship election and is slated to assume office on February 14, 2020. The committee which has the Secretary to the State Government, Kemela Okara, as Chairman, also has Talford Ongolo as Deputy Chairman and Luka Obiri as Secretary. The committee which includes all serving commissioners, five permanent secretaries and political appointees was inaugurated on Tuesday at the Governor’s Conference Room, Government House, Yenagoa. A statement by Fidelis Soriwei, Chief Press secretary to Mr Dickson, said the constitution of the Transition ...
Governor Seriake Dickson Attacks President Jonathan, Says It’s Strategic For APC
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Governor Seriake Dickson Attacks President Jonathan, Says It’s Strategic For APC

Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, says it is strategic for leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use ex-President Goodluck Jonathan “to legitimise the illegitimacy that happened on Saturday”. Following the victory of David Lyon, candidate of the APC in the Bayelsa governorship election, APC leaders visited the former president at his Bayelsa residence. But speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Dickson described Jonathan’s alliance with the APC as regrettable. He said the perception that he alienated PDP stakeholders, including the former president, was unfounded, adding that he made attempts to meet with Jonathan 16 different times yet the former number one citizen chose to support a candidate that did not mean well for him. “Jonathan remains my oga and...
Stop Making Unguarded Statements, Accept Your Coming Loss – APC To Dickson
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Stop Making Unguarded Statements, Accept Your Coming Loss – APC To Dickson

The All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State Chapter has accused Governor Henry Dickson of making unguarded and spurious statements to sway public opinion against the APC regarding Saturday's governorship polls. In a statement issued in Yenagoa, the State Chairman of the APC, Hon. Amos Jotham, condemned Governor Dickson for displaying, once again his garrulous character trait which is nothing but offensive. Hon. Jotham expressed shock that Governor Dickson is calling for the cancellation of results in Nembe and Southern Ijaw and other LGAs that have not been announced, saying that Dickson, in a desperate bid to incite the public and all relevant agencies against the APC, only succeeded in exhibiting sheer ignorance with regard to democratic norms. The party chairman advised He...
Dickson Calls For Cancellation Of Election In Nembe, Southern Ijaw
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Dickson Calls For Cancellation Of Election In Nembe, Southern Ijaw

Governor Seriake Dickson has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the election in parts of the state where the exercise was characterised by brigandage, hijacking of electoral materials and personnel. A statement from the Bayelsa State Government said Dickson particularly called for outright cancellation of the exercise in Nembe Local Government. He said that the thugs were sponsored by pipeline surveillance contractors, Mr Gabriel Jonah and one Kodjo Sam. The statement said: “I call on the Chairman of INEC to issue an order cancelling the process in all the wards, in all the local government areas affected, in all the wards and units, where materials have been stolen or hijacked, where officials have been kidnapped and held hostage to enabl...
David Lyon Tells Dickson He Is A Thinker Not A Noisemaker
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David Lyon Tells Dickson He Is A Thinker Not A Noisemaker

HE governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, has told Governor Seriake Dickson that he was trained as a scientist to think and seek solution to problems in the society. Lyon, who was reacting on Wednesday to the jibes thrown at him by Governor Dickson during the inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) campaign for the November 16 election, said he believed more in solving problems and not in noisemaking. The candidate, in a statement signed by his media aide, Chief Gift Ebiki, said governance was beyond deployment of flowery words and garrulous talks to confuse and deceive the people. Lyon said a governor is required to think, identify problems, formulate actionable plans, deploy and monitor human and material ...
Governor Dickson Of Bayelsa Ruling Like Idi Amin Of Uganda – Harrysong
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Governor Dickson Of Bayelsa Ruling Like Idi Amin Of Uganda – Harrysong

Harry song who hails from Niger Delta part of Nigeria is one of the leading musicians in Africa with so many hit songs. He was recently in Bayelsa state to carry out his “King Maker Concert” and was recently spotted crying on video in his IG Story, begging the world to call Governor Dickson to order due to the poverty, suffering rate and violence he experienced during his visit to Bayelsa for his concert. Watch the video Below:
2019 Governorship: Why PDP May Lose Bayelsa To APC – Jonathan
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2019 Governorship: Why PDP May Lose Bayelsa To APC – Jonathan

A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has said that without unity in the ranks of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) may find their way into the governance of the state come November 16, 2019. The Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the former president as saying this during the PDP elders advisory council meeting held at the Bayelsa Government House in Yenagoa on Tuesday. He said: “It is only our unity that can give us victory and if we are not united, they (APC) can get away with it. “For example, it took the unity of the people of Rivers state including women who were resolute against soldiers to get the PDP victory in the state. If that had not happened, ...
Only My Candidate Can Win Bayelsa Gov’ship Under PDP — Dickson
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Only My Candidate Can Win Bayelsa Gov’ship Under PDP — Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that if delegates and leadership of the PDP give the governorship ticket to somebody not endorsed by him and his restoration family, the party could jeopardise its chance of retaining power in the state. Gov. Dickson stated this yesterday in Yenagoa during the official flag off of campaigns for local government elections holding in the state this Saturday. He said, “Let me tell you, Oforoma-Pepe (Dickson) is in charge; there is no candidate or aspirant in PDP, none of them that can lead our party to victory during the governorship election without my support, forget about those making mouth, we are the support base of PDP in Bayelsa. “Those who are boasting that they will take the governorship primary away from Yenagoa to another st...
Jonathan, Dickson In Cold War Over Bayelsa PDP Guber Ticket
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Jonathan, Dickson In Cold War Over Bayelsa PDP Guber Ticket

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State are locked in a struggle to patch up their alleged strained relationship ahead of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the State. Each of them wants his own candidate as the next occupant of the Government House,Yenagoa. Jonathan, who was appointed chairman of the State Education Endowment Fund on Friday, is believed to have lined up six aspirants to choose from as PDP candidate while Dickson prefers someone from his administration to ensure continuity in government policy and programme. Sources told The Nation that the ex-president is considering picking one of the following: a former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe; the Coordinator, Abuja...
Seriake Dickson Emerges PDP Governors Forum Chairman
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Seriake Dickson Emerges PDP Governors Forum Chairman

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson has emerged the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum. Igbere TV reports that Dickson was declared winner in Abuja on Wednesday after the PDP governors met behind closed door for several hours, to deliberate who will be their next chairman. Our correspondent observed that several popular bars in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, were filled with supporters of the governor, celebrating his victory. Dickson, who doubles as South-South PDP Governors forum Chairman, will exist the seat of power In Bayelsa State as the Chief Executive on the 14th of February, 2020 after successfully completing his second term in office. Seriake Dickson is the first in the history of Bayelsa State to successful comple...
Governor Dickson Offers Automatic Employment To All Ijaw PhD Holders
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Governor Dickson Offers Automatic Employment To All Ijaw PhD Holders

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has offered automatic employment to all PhD holders of the state origin, as well as those from other Ijaw-speaking states in the country, Igbere Tv reports. The governor said beneficiaries of the offer included Ijaw from Ondo, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said in a statement on Friday that Dickson made the announcement while inaugurating the Committee for the Employment of PhD holders across Ijaw land. The move comes a few weeks after the governor made a similar gesture for all first-class graduates of the state origin. He said the PhD holders to be employed would be deployed in the various state-owned tertiary institutions, including the Niger D...
SERAP Writes Gov. Dickson, Asks Him To Reject Life Pension For Bayelsa Lawmakers
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SERAP Writes Gov. Dickson, Asks Him To Reject Life Pension For Bayelsa Lawmakers

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State urging him to use his “good offices as trustee of the state’s resources, and consistent with your constitutional oath of office, to reject the proposed life pension bill by the leader of the House of Assembly Peter Akpe, and to prevail upon the House to immediately withdraw the self-serving bill.” The House had last week passed a bill that would grant life pensions to speakers, deputy speakers and other members. Under the bill, speakers will go home with N500,000 monthly, while deputy speakers will receive N200,000. 24 other members will each get N100,000. The House is seeking life pensions for members similar to those “applicable to former presidents, vice-p...
NYSC Threatens To Withdraw Members From Bayelsa Over Insecurity.
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NYSC Threatens To Withdraw Members From Bayelsa Over Insecurity.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has expressed security concerns on the safety of corps members deployed to the state for their national service. Suleiman Kazaure, Director-General of the scheme, said this on Tuesday when he visited the 2019 Batch A corps members at the NYSC orientation camp at Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state. Recently, two corps members were killed in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, by suspected armed robbers. The DG threatened to withdraw corps members from Bayelsa State over this incessant attacks. He said: “Corps members are the national assets on national assignment; if nothing is done by the state government about the killing of corps members, we will withdraw corps members from serving in Bayelsa State. “I have...
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Brass LG Chairman, Police Confirm Abduction Of Patience Jonathan’s Ally

Caretaker Chairman of Brass local government, Victor Isaiah, has reacted to the abduction of a former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, an ally of Mrs. Patience Jonathan. He described the incident as shocking and condemnable. “I am shocked at the condemnable act of wickedness by evil and cold-hearted elements on a peaceful and harmless woman. “I am saddened, but hopeful that our mother and leader will not be subjected to a harmful experience in the hands of those uncultured criminals. “I call on the kidnappers to release her unconditionally, unhurt and in sound health. “I also urge security agents to be relevant and intensify efforts at rescuing the kidnapped woman”, Thisday quoted him as saying. Spokesman of the Bayelsa Police Command, Asin...
Bayelsa Killings: Gov Dickson Is sick – Sylva Fires Back
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Bayelsa Killings: Gov Dickson Is sick – Sylva Fires Back

Former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, has declared that Governor Seriake Dickson ​”​is sick​”​. This is contained in a strongly worded statement his media aide, Doefie Buokoribo, sent to DAILY POST Friday morning. Sylva’s outburst is in reaction to Dickson’s call on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, and Sylva, to stop sponsoring killings and destabilizing peace in the state.   The Governor also appealed to Buhari to prevail on his party leaders to stop aiding criminals and their harmful activities in the state.   Dickson accused them of conniving with some elements in Abuja to sponsor activities against the peace, security, stability and development of Bayelsa.   But Syl...
Former Dickson’s Aide Dies In Patience Jonathan’s Hotel
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Former Dickson’s Aide Dies In Patience Jonathan’s Hotel

A Former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, but presently a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Nasko Egei, was on Friday night found dead at the Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa, owned by former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. Nasko, as friends fondly called him, was SSA to Dickson on Youth Development in the governor’s first term. Though the cause of his death is yet to be ascertained, some sources said the deceased was allegedly poisoned by a female companion with whom he went to the hotel on the fateful day. Others claimed he died peacefully in his sleep in one of the rooms.   A kinsman of Nasko, who is also an APC leader in the state, said the death was suspicious, challenging the hotel authoritie...
I Want Ordinary Nigerians To Own PDP – Dickson
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I Want Ordinary Nigerians To Own PDP – Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee, has advised the new PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure that ordinary Nigerians own the party. Dickson gave the advice at a two-day retreat for the PDP NWC and State Chairmen, with the theme “Repositioning PDP for Dominance and Electoral Victory”, on Tuesday in Abuja. He said that the power of the people was the best armoury the PDP can use to relaunch itself in 2019. “There is no armoury anywhere that is stronger than the power of the people. “This new PDP should be thrown to the Nigerian people, including those in the grassroots so that popular candidates can emanate from the ordinary people. “Let the people own the party. These are the ways to reposit...
Governor Seriake Dickson’s Commissioner Shot Dead By Unknown Gunmen
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Governor Seriake Dickson’s Commissioner Shot Dead By Unknown Gunmen

Bayelsa State former Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Ayekeme Masa, has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Yenagoa, the state capital. The late Masa served in the first tenure of Governor Seriake Dickson. Investigations revealed that the late commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre Yenagoa where he was rushed to. Police sources disclosed that Masa, 64 and father of three, was shot in the early hours of Sunday at his residence along Palm Avenue behind the popular Bolex lounge in Yenagoa. Sources disclosed further that the killers were in his sitting room having argument with his wife when he arrived home. He was said to have walked into the argument between his wife and the unknown gunmen. His attempt to escape proved abortive as he was shot by t...
Governor Dickson Signs Direct Labour Law To Boost Economy
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Governor Dickson Signs Direct Labour Law To Boost Economy

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has signed the Direct Labour Agency Bill into law, describing it as a veritable tool to stimulate the economy of the state, through the provision of direct labour jobs that would engage youths. He said this while signing the bill into law at the Government House, Yenagoa. According to him, the law automatically establishes the state’s Direct Labour Agency, which has the mandate to execute small construction and maintenance jobs. Dickson, who promised to constitute the board in no distant time, said the agency would be furnished with a list of projects in every ministry to enable them distinguish between the big ticket and direct labour contracts. Presenting the document, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Konbowei Be...
Governor Seriake Dickson Inaugurates Caretaker Council Chairmen
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Governor Seriake Dickson Inaugurates Caretaker Council Chairmen

Governor Seriake Dickson has identified Payroll fraud as one major anomaly the Bayelsa state government wants to erase in the third tier of government. The governor made this clear at the inauguration of Caretaker Chairmen for the eight council areas of the state. The Bayelsa Governor also charged the Caretaker Chairmen to work with security agencies to sustain peace in their local government areas. Screened and confirmed in the hallowed chambers of the state House of Assembly, the eight nominees took the oath-of-office as Caretaker Chairmen of the eight council areas of Bayelsa State. Dickson also charged them to work with security agencies to sustain peace in the council areas.
Unpaid Salaries: Bayelsa LGAs, Health Workers Suspend Three-Month Strike
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Unpaid Salaries: Bayelsa LGAs, Health Workers Suspend Three-Month Strike

Health workers and local government employees in Bayelsa State have suspended their three-month strike on Thursday. The workers had embarked on the industrial action three months ago in protest against non-payment of their salaries by their various LGAs. The council workers at a meeting of the Joint State Executive Council consisting of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees and the Medical and Health Workers’ Union unanimously agreed to suspend the strike in the state. The unions in a communique signed after their meeting by the NULGE’s state Chairman, Mr. Akpos Ekiegha, and the Secretary, Mr. Peace Chukwu, directed all the workers to resume work on October 16. The unions in the document, which was also signed by state Chairman and Secretary, MHWUN, Mr. James Adama a...
Defectors Won’t Benefit From PDP Amnesty – Makarfi
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Defectors Won’t Benefit From PDP Amnesty – Makarfi

Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said those who defected from the party might not benefit from the ‘no victor, no vanquished’ policy declared after the Supreme Court judgement. Makarfi, who spoke against the background of Wednesday’s defection of some members of the party from South West to the Mega Party, said such misbehaviour should not be covered by the no victor no vanquished policy. “No victory, no vanquished applies only to all the happenings before the Supreme Court ruling, that no individual will be punished for merely disagreeing, or not seeing eye to eye with one another before the matter was settled,” he explained. Makarfi spoke on Wednesday night when he received the Governor Seriake Dickson-led Nation...
Bayelsa Pays N250m Scholarship Fees To Lincoln University – Commissioner
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Bayelsa Pays N250m Scholarship Fees To Lincoln University – Commissioner

The Bayelsa Government has paid the outstanding fees of N250 million for 21 of its scholarship students at the Lincoln University in the United States of America. The State’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Jonathan Obuebite, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Saturday. The university had threatened to deport the students over the unpaid fees. However, the state government officials had prevailed on the institution to allow the students to conclude their academic work. The commissioner said that Governor Seriake Dickson gave the approval for the payment, which has been remitted to the Ministry of Education for onward transfer to the University. According to him, even though, the students have all graduated, as a responsible government that is ever al...
EU Envoy Commends Dickson Over Health, Education, Security policies
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EU Envoy Commends Dickson Over Health, Education, Security policies

Michel Arrion, the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Nigeria, has commended the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson for his administration’s decision to invest in health, education and security infrastructures in the State, saying the available infrastructures in the state will ensure an enabling environment for investors to do business. The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Michel Arrion, who‎ gave the commendation during a call on the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson after a 3 days visit said he was overwhelmed at the quality of schools and health institutions built by the government and expressed the EU’s desire to support Bayelsa in key sector of the state’s economy. According to him, Bayelsa State has benefited from its programmes since 2008 through some of its development ...
PDP Crisis: Makarfi Group Advises Aspirants To Defect
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PDP Crisis: Makarfi Group Advises Aspirants To Defect

The division in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got to a head yesterday, with the Ahmed Makarfi group telling its supporters to seek other platforms for their ambitions. The group is battling for the soul of the former ruling party with the Ali Modu Sheriff court-backed leadership. The Supreme Court is to settle the crisis. It advised the state chapters to choose any available alternative platform to field candidates in the forthcoming council elections in Lagos and other elections across the states. There are also by–elections coming up in many states. The PDP crisis has remained intractable in spite of the decision of the Court of Appeal to recognise Sheriff as national chirman. A report by Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson’s peace panel recommending Sheriff to con...
Seriake Dickson Celebrates Tinubu’s 65th Birthday With Newspaper Advert
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Seriake Dickson Celebrates Tinubu’s 65th Birthday With Newspaper Advert

Nigerians have been left confused after governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state paid for a newspaper advert to wish a happy 65th birthday to Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC. This makes it the second governor (after Fayose) of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to sent a shout out publicly to the APC leader. See how online users reacted to this development.
Five PDP Governors​ Join Sheriff’s Camp
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Five PDP Governors​ Join Sheriff’s Camp

…Sheriff moves to stop Makarfi from challenging PH ruling ABUJA—At least five of the 11 governors in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are openly engaged with the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff leadership of the party, Vanguard has learnt. The gains by the Sheriff tendency in the party came as Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State asked factional chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, to step down his claim upon the reality of the Court of Appeal judgment upholding Sheriff as national chairman. Meanwhile, National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has applied to the Supreme Court seeking to stop Senator Ahmed Makarfi from using the name of the party to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt which affirmed him as the authentic chairman of the party. Besides...
Makarfi Surrenders, Recognises Modu Sheriff As National Chairman
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Makarfi Surrenders, Recognises Modu Sheriff As National Chairman

The leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally come to an end with the recognition of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff as the National Chairman of the party by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party. This came to light on Tuesday during the submission of a report of the party’s reconciliation committee to Senator Modu-Sheriff by the chairman of the committee, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja. The Makarfi faction also agreed that Modu-Sheriff should chair the convention of the party being proposed for June 30. Speaking with newsmen after submitting the report, Governor Dickson said political solution is the best option in resolving the party’s crisis, adding that litigation would continue to cause mor...
Bayelsa Gov. Seriake Dickson to Lavish N3bn on Cars Despite Owing Civil Servants 6 Month Salary
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Bayelsa Gov. Seriake Dickson to Lavish N3bn on Cars Despite Owing Civil Servants 6 Month Salary

Mr. Kombowei Benson, Speaker of the Bayelsa State legislature has said that Bayelsa House Assembly, on Tuesday approved Governor Henry Seriake Dickson’s request to borrow N3billion for the purchase of vehicles for legislators and other political appointees. This is happening at a time the government cannot pay the salaries of civil servants in the state. In some ministries and departments, workers are owed a six-month backlog of salaries. "The sitting lasted for less than 30 minutes and we felt that there was no need for media coverage for such a brief session. There is a need for the cars. We have been without cars for about two years after inauguration. "The same goes for other political appointees who need cars to function effectively and discharge their duties. "Some vehicl...
EFCC Nabs Governor Dickson’s Man Trying to Bribe Them With N10m Cash
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EFCC Nabs Governor Dickson’s Man Trying to Bribe Them With N10m Cash

Bayelsa is one of the few states in Nigeria where men whose official salary is less than N200,000 per month will openly build a house worth Hundreds of Millions of Naira. They do it with impunity. But in this era of anti-corruption, things are not the same anymore. The EFCC had sealed the home of Mr Apere Embelakpo, SSA on MDGs to Governor Seriake Dickson as well as a twin shopping complexes and offices situated at opposite Kpansia market in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state. They are owned by the same man who is wanted by EFCC for embezzling over N1bn MDGs funds. In a bid to kill the case as they usually do, a top ex-aid of Governor Dickson, Evarada was arrested by EFCC as he was trying to bribe their operative with N10m cash to bury the corruption case against the SSA.

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