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EFCC Interrogates ex-Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson
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EFCC Interrogates ex-Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson

  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday August 10 interrogated a former Bayelsa Governor and senator representing Bayelsa West Seriake Dickson, in its Abuja office. An official who confirmed this development to The Nation said Dickson honored the invitation of the antigraft agency. The source said the ex-Governor was grilled over allegations bordering on abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds during his eight-year tenure as governor between 2012 and 2020. “The former governor who arrived the headquarters of the EFCC in Jabi, Abuja at about 11am was questioned by a team of operatives investigating the allegations against him. Though the details of the allegations against the governor were sketchy as of press time, the allegations rela...
Only National Convention can remove Secondus – Senator Seriake
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Only National Convention can remove Secondus – Senator Seriake

Former Governor of Bayelsa state and senator representing Bayelsa West in the Senate, Seriake Dickson has said that only a National Convention can remove embattled Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus. Speaking after a PDP House of Representatives Caucus called for Secondus' resignation, Dickson stated that the “illegal” National Working Committee meeting and that of the party’s caucus in the House of Representatives, including a protest at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Monday August 9, are all part of the plot to contrive a needless crisis in the PDP in order to set up a caretaker committee, which is illegal. Insisting that there is no crisis in the party, the lawmaker said what is happening is only a contrived media crisis orchestrated and fund...
Senator Aisha Binani Describes Bayelsa As A Small State, Seriake Dickson Reacts
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Senator Aisha Binani Describes Bayelsa As A Small State, Seriake Dickson Reacts

There was a mild drama at the Senate, on Tuesday, when Senator Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru Binani (Adamawa Central) referred to Bayelsa as one of the smallest states in Nigeria. Senator Binani, while advancing argument in support of her bill to establish Federal Medical Centre in Mubi, Adamawa, said the town has a total land mass of 506.4km2 and population of 759,045. “This together with the population of Mubi North makes it 2,089,540 people (very much higher than Bayelsa State’s eight Local Government Areas, with a population of 1,704,515). “Nonetheless, this historic town has suffered from government neglect in terms of federal presence especially in the area of tertiary healthcare delivery,” she said. But her submission did not go down well with Senator Seriake Dickson (PDP, Ba...
PDP’s Seriake Dickson Wins Bayelsa West Senatorial Seat
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PDP’s Seriake Dickson Wins Bayelsa West Senatorial Seat

The former Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, has clinched the Bayelsa West Senatorial District seat in the National Assembly. The Returning Officer, Prof Ekechukwe, Okeke, Dean of Humanities, Federal University of Technology, Otuoke, returned Dickson as the Senator elect having polled 115257 to defeat his closest opponent, Hon Peremobowei Ebebi of the APC who polled 17541. Chief Dickson who spoke in his country home of Toru Orua shortly after his return dedicated the victory to God, the voters, Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation. He said that the mandate was beyond the Sagbama/Ekeremor Senatorial district but an opportunity to galvanize unity and solidarity in Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation. He said that his legislative mission would focus on the...
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Bayelsa Election Tribunal Ruling : Seriake Dickson Urges For Calm

The immediate past Governor òf Bayelsa State, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, has urged Bayelsans not to be perturbed by the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal which annulled the state Governorship election on Monday. He described the judgment as a temporary setback which does not in law affect the status quo until appeal processes are exhausted. The former Governor said in a statement by His Media Advisor, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, on Monday that the PDP and the Government would appeal the judgment. He stressed that there was no vacancy in the Bayelsa Government House as Diri remains Governor until a final decision on the issue was reached at the Supreme Court. Chief Dickson urged Bayelsans to go about their lawful duties without any disturbance because of the judgment on ...
Dickson Consoles Buratai, Bichi And Modu-Sheriff Over Death Of Their Parents
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Dickson Consoles Buratai, Bichi And Modu-Sheriff Over Death Of Their Parents

His Excellency, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, former Governor òf Bayelsa State, has condoled with the family of the Chief òf Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai over the death of his mother, Kakah Hajja. Governor Dickson urged the COAS to be condoled by the fact that his mother lived her full life and has gone to be with the Allah. He said that a mother who contributed somebody of the status of the COAS made unquantifiable contributions to security and national development. He described her death as a transition to eternal glory. The former Governor who prayed for the repose òf the soul of the deceased prayed to God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. “My family and I commiserate with the Government of Borno State, the Buratai family, my father...
Seriake Dickson Commissions Bayelsa State International Airport
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Seriake Dickson Commissions Bayelsa State International Airport

The Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency , Rt.Hon Seriake Dickson has Commissioned the Bayelsa State International Airport Located at Wilberforce Island Under the Chairmanship of HRM, King Alfred Diette Spiff . The governor in his remark expressed deep gratitude to God to have given the courage to initiate the gigantic and life transforming project. He also expressed gratitude to his team for their support in the past eight years and the solidarity he has enjoyed from all strata of leadership in the state. In his words, ‘ Early last year, we witnessed the landing of two flights on this same airport and a few days ago, the airforce equally landed, marking the commencement of their operations at the airport. This commissioning is historic and will amongst other benefits, outli...
Dickson Attacks Wike, Says Bayelsa Not ‘Annex Of Rivers’
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Dickson Attacks Wike, Says Bayelsa Not ‘Annex Of Rivers’

Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, has warned his counterpart in Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, not to see Bayelsa as an annex of Rivers State. “Let me put it on record, this is the first time I will formally respond to Wike’s childishness in this formal way. I have always ignored with pain and regret all the previous vituperations and his attempt to belittle and intimidate this state and our leadership. “His unfriendliness towards this state is not hidden. It’s not just me, it’s about our state and our people, he has done that a couple of times but I decided to stomach it for several reasons,” Mr Dickson said on Saturday while briefing reporters in Yenagoa. Mr Dickson’s remarks at the briefing is contained in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon by his spokesperson, Fidelis S...
Dickson Appoints 35 Permanent Secretaries, APC Kicks
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Dickson Appoints 35 Permanent Secretaries, APC Kicks

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa State, has queried the decision of the state Governor, Seriake Dickson, to appoint 35 permanent secretaries three months to the end of his administration. Dickson at the weekend inaugurated 35 permanent secretaries and a Commissioner, Mr. Felix Sam-Ateki and charged them to work with the incoming administration to ensure full implementation of the civil service reforms. The governor said his administration would soon receive the formal report of the reforms which he noted would be one of the key documents to be handed over to the next government. While congratulating the new permanent secretaries on their appointment, Dickson called on them to avoid partisan politics and focus on the execution of policies and programmes of government....
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 ...
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David Lyon leads in Bayelsa governorship election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, appeared, last night, to be coasting home to victory in the election to determine who succeeds Governor Seriake Dickson. Polling unit results showed that Lyon was leading the PDP candidate, Douye Diri, in Southern Ijaw, Nembe, Brass, Ogbia, Ekeremor, and most parts of Yenagoa, the state capital. The results showed that Diri was not doing well in his Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area as most units especially in Odi and Kaiama voted for Lyon. But Governor Seriake Dickson won his Unit 005, Toru-Orua with 1906 while Lyon of the APC scored 5. But Lyon cleared all the 569 votes in his Olugbobiri polling unit leaving the PDP with no vote. Some of the results: Atissa 2, 005, Bungata Compound, Fa...
Gov Dickson Accuses Military Hierarchy Of Compromising Security In Bayelsa Poll
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Gov Dickson Accuses Military Hierarchy Of Compromising Security In Bayelsa Poll

The Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, has accused the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6th Division of the Nigerian Army, of compromising security in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Governor said that, even though Gen. Sarham has been transfered to the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, he refused to move and waited behind to supervise the use of the Army to perpetrate heinous electoral crimes and irregularities in the Bayelsa guber polls. He noted that the GOC and the Brigade Commander of the Artillery Brigade, attached soldiers to all APC leaders in all the wards who they use to terrorize people from one polling unit to another. The Governor added that the GOC moved to Yenagoa to personally supervise the undemocratic and ille...
Jonathan keeps PDP guessing one week to Kogi, Bayelsa elections
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Jonathan keeps PDP guessing one week to Kogi, Bayelsa elections

It is only seven days to the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, but members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are confused over the stand of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Their anxiety further heightened on Wednesday when the party flagged off its campaign rally with Jonathan conspicuously absent. Also absent at the rally was a governorship aspirant and former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, whose candidacy Jonathan was believed to have supported in the party’s governorship primary in Bayelsa State, which was won by Senator Douye Diri. Both Jonathan and Alaibe are said to have been very bitter since the latter lost out in the primary election. They believe that the process was manipulated against Alaibe. Effor...
Akpabio, Wike And Other Oil-Producing State Governors Meet Buhari
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Akpabio, Wike And Other Oil-Producing State Governors Meet Buhari

Governors of the nine oil-producing states in the country have met with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss issues they say are of concern to them. The meeting held on Thursday when the governors visited the President at the Aso Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State said the issues discussed bothered on security, economy and the development of their various states. He said he was happy that President Buhari acknowledged the challenges highlighted and has promised to work towards resolving some of them. The governor also spoke about the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa and called for peaceful and credible exercise.
Stop Deceiving Bayelsans With Non-functional Airport – Sylva Warns Dickson
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Stop Deceiving Bayelsans With Non-functional Airport – Sylva Warns Dickson

The leader of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief, Timipre Sylva, has challenged the current governor of the state, Hon. Seriake Dickson, to stop deceiving Bayelsans and fly from his acclaimed Bayelsa state Cargo Airport if really it has been completed and commissioned for use. Sylva said after spending such outrageous monies on a project that is not feasible, he(Dickson), still flies and lands in Port Harcourt Airport instead of using the airport he claimed to have built. The former governor, stated this while addressing friends, colleagues, party stakeholders, well-wishers and close associates in Yenagoa, on Sunday, during the occasion of his 55th birthday celebration. He revealed that he was astonished when he went to hire a plan...
I’m An Ijaw Herdsman, I ‘ll Take To Full Time Farming – Dickson
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I’m An Ijaw Herdsman, I ‘ll Take To Full Time Farming – Dickson

At a time most of his colleagues prefer to retire to the Senate at the expiration of their stint in their respective state government houses, Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson says he wants to go into full time farming. When Vanguard encountered the governor on his farm overlooking the alluring River Forcados, a tributary of the River Niger, he was clad in a T-Shirt, a face cap, and shorts and could be mistaken for any of the locals in his fast growing Toru-Orua community. He spoke on his dream to take to full time farming at the expiration of his tenure at the Creek Haven, the seat of power in his predominantly riverine state. By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa When did you start this farm? I started this farm a long time ago, I haven’t really had time to prepare it and I am getting rea...
I Will Sign Death Warrant Of Convicted Kidnappers – Governor Dickson
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I Will Sign Death Warrant Of Convicted Kidnappers – Governor Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, is mulling the signing of death sentences of convicted kidnappers to send a signal that there is no place to hide for felons in the state. Among the convicted kidnappers are those found guilty and sentenced to death by the state High Court for the kidnap and death of Pa Benson Esinte Adigo, 87, uncle of former governor Timipre Sylva. Dickson said he is worried that the rife in kidnap cases is being carried out by criminal elements that were armed by opposition leaders during the general election. He said he is considering signing of the many death sentences to send the appropriate signal that Bayelsa State government, under his watch, would not allow kidnappers get way. Dickson, who decried the continued undermining of the state secu...
I Will Handover To Another PDP Governor – Dickson Boasts
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I Will Handover To Another PDP Governor – Dickson Boasts

Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Seriake Dickson, on Tuesday said he would lead the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) towards ensuring that the baton of leadership is handed over to another PDP governor. Governor Dickson stated this at a PDP stakeholders’ meeting in Yenagoa. A statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei quoted the Governor to have advised the PDP governorship aspirants to play opposition politics rather than scheming and causing divisions in their own party. Governor Dickson reminded the people that, the last election showed how the Federal Government deployed its might to undermine the security of the state in favour of their party members. He, therefore, urged the PDP aspirants seeking elective positions in the forthcoming local go...
Goodluck Jonathan Gets New Appointment
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Goodluck Jonathan Gets New Appointment

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson Friday appointed former President Goodluck Jonathan as honorary Special Adviser on the Bayelsa Education Trust Fund Board, according to TheNation. Speaking at the formal launching of the trust fund in Yenagoa, Dickson appealed to Jonathan to use his influence to attract donations to the fund. He said: “Let me commend our leader, the former president for his educational strides during his time as the governor of this state, he laid the solid foundation for our educational system that is why I have the honour to appoint him as the honorary special adviser to oversee the collection of donations for the education trust fund.   ‘With this appointment, he will sit on the board of Bayelsa state education development trust fund, as a former teacher, ...
Court Grants Bail To 4 Whistleblowers Accused Of Conspiracy To Rob Gov Dickson
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Court Grants Bail To 4 Whistleblowers Accused Of Conspiracy To Rob Gov Dickson

Justice E.T Okara of a Bayelsa High Court on Wednesday admitted four of the five ‘whistleblowers’ accused of conspiracy to rob Gov Seriake Dickson, to bail in the sum of N3 million each. The fifth accused, Mr Tamnatonye Jacob, was on Feb 27, 2019 granted bail to the sum of N2 million on medical grounds, Delivering a ruling, Justice Okara, admitted the remaining four accused to bail following a pending bail application filed by their counsels. The accused who were granted bail are Esther Engbeke, Wodu Ebikebomu, Emmanuel Dorgu and Sinclair Thursday are being tried for alleged conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The judge ordered the four accused to produce one surety each who must be a civil servant who must on Grade Level 12. Okara adjourned the case until May 20, for co...
NYSC speaks on killing of corps members in Bayelsa
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NYSC speaks on killing of corps members in Bayelsa

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday expressed concern over the killing of two corps members in Swali, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa. The Director-General of the corps, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, expressed the concern during his tour of 2019 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Camp in Kaiama, Kolokumo/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state. A gang of hoodlums had on March 21 invaded a corps members’ residence along School Road, Swali, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, shooting three members of the NYSC and leaving several injured. Of the three corps members, two were confirmed dead, while one who was critically injured was taken to one of the hospitals in the city for treatment. The police identified one of the dead NYSC members as Popoola Oluwatobi Olamide, a 30-...
Yenagoa Airport Big Boost for Sports, Tourism
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Yenagoa Airport Big Boost for Sports, Tourism

Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle, a sports facilities construction outfit, Ebi Egbe says sports and tourism would be the biggest beneficiary of the state international airport commissioned Thursday in Yenagoa. An excited Egbe was full of praise for Gov Seriake Dickson who he stated was matching words with action in the area of infrastructural development of Bayelsa State under his Restoration Agenda. Egbe noted that the Yenagoa airport would not only open up the state but make the hosting of local and international sporting events in Yenagoa easy. “Every Ijaw man is happy with the development going on in the state. Dickson deserves a pat on the back for making the airport project a reality. The airport is one facility that would not only open up the state, but also bo...
South-South Governors React To Buhari’s Suspension Of CJN, Onnoghen
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South-South Governors React To Buhari’s Suspension Of CJN, Onnoghen

The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, described the removal of Onnoghen as a sad day and a sad commentary on democracy in Nigeria. The governor, in a statement signed his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said that the action was inimical to the desired stability of the nation and critical institutions of state. He said that Nigerians have a responsibility to be concerned about the electoral process and the critical institutions entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding democracy in the society. Dickson stated that Nigeria would be heading in the direction of a sh*thole country if critical institutions of state failed to get it right. He lamented that the removal of Onnoghen from his exalted position showed ...
My Mum Played A Major Part In My Success – Dickson
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My Mum Played A Major Part In My Success – Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has praised his mother for being an integral part of his success. The governor lost his mother, Mrs Gold Coast Dickson, Aug.8 at the age of 72 at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas in the U.S. Through a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Francis Agbo, in Yenagoa on Wednesday, Dickson during a service organised by the state government in her honour, described his mother as “My Guardian Angel”. He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and former Nigerian leaders, who called to commiserate with him and his family. “My mother has been an integral part of my journey. She was not just my mother, she was my elder sister, she was my rock, my counsellor, my guardian angel. “And because of her sub...
Private Schools In Bayelsa Applaud State Government For Abolishing Multiple Taxes
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Private Schools In Bayelsa Applaud State Government For Abolishing Multiple Taxes

The Bayelsa chapter of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has commended the State Government for harmonising the taxes paid by its members and eliminating multiple taxation in the system. The state Chairman of NAPPS, Jerry Moses, who gave the commendation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa, said the measure had saved some of the private schools from collapsing. Moses said that proprietors of private school in the state had been under the burden of multiple taxation by various and uncoordinated government agencies. He said that the agencies operated under the guise of increasing the internally generated revenue of the state. He said as a result of the financial burden, most of the schools were compelled to lay off their staff while some ha...
Gunmen Assassinate Governor Dickson’s Aide
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Gunmen Assassinate Governor Dickson’s Aide

Unknown gunmen on Monday night, shot dead Okoringa Ebikimi, a Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson. It was learnt that the assailants broke into his residence at Kaiama, the Headquarters of Kolokuma/ Opokuma Local Government Area of the state, to commit the murder. The incident occurred few minutes to midnight while he was taking fresh air outside his residence. According to reports, attempt by the deceased to escape was unsuccessful as the gunmen shot him severally till he died.
Niger Delta Has Contributed N96tr To Nigeria’s Coffers – Dickson
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Niger Delta Has Contributed N96tr To Nigeria’s Coffers – Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said the Niger Delta has contributed N96 trillion to the coffers of the Federal Government. Dickson made this claim when he received the report of the Committee on Restructuring and other matters affecting the Ijaw nation in Yenagoa, yesterday. Dickson urged the federal government to put machinery in motion, before the next general elections in 2019. “With the support of the Peoples Democratic Party and other political parties, the federal government can push through, in the quickest time possible, before the next general election, the necessary bills that can bring about a restructured Nigeria,” he said. Making reference to the report of the Restructuring Committee, Dickson said in spite of the huge oil revenues the country had earn...
South-South PDP Leaders Vow to Liberate Nigeria From APC
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South-South PDP Leaders Vow to Liberate Nigeria From APC

The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-south have resolved to work together to ensure that the party wins the 2019 presidential election. The party, during its Zonal Executive Committee meeting on Monday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has “destroyed the economy, destabilised the nation’s security infrastructure, and made the country to slide into unprecedented suffering”. The meeting was attended by the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, the PDP governors, former governors, and senators from the South-south. A statement from the Government House, Port Harcourt, quoted Mr. Secondus to have said in the meeting that Nigeria has collapsed and that the presidential villa was in ruins. The situation, he...
2019: APC Will Never Win Election Again – Gov. Dickson
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2019: APC Will Never Win Election Again – Gov. Dickson

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has declared that the All Progressives Congress, APC has been so weakened that it cannot win any elections again.   The governor said Bayelsans should not allow themselves to be deceived by a party that has not been able to deliver anything to them.     Dickson said this while addressing some defectors from the APC, in Bayelsa yesterday.   According to him, “Just a word for the other side, for those deceiving people with newspaper articles, who are not on ground; let me call on you to play according to the rules.   “If you are truly on ground and willingly to test your popularity in all elections, mobilise your people and sell what your Federal Government has done for our people.   “Tel...
Bayelsa A Product Of Ijaw Struggle – Commissioner
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Bayelsa A Product Of Ijaw Struggle – Commissioner

The establishment of Bayelsa State on October 1, 1996 by the military regime of the late General Sani Abacha was a product of the Ijaw struggle. Austin Dressman, the Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, stated this on Wednesday during a presentation on the scorecard of his ministry at the inter-ministerial briefing in Yenagoa, the state capital. At the event, three other ministries – Science and Technology, Tourism Development, and Women Affairs and Social Development – also made presentations on the achievements of the administration in the last six years. Dressman noted that the creation of the Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs by Governor Seriake Dickson was in line with the ideals of the Ijaw struggle for emancipation. He re-echoed Dickson’s namin...
Ex-President Jonathan Hails Governor Dickson At 52
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Ex-President Jonathan Hails Governor Dickson At 52

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated with Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, who turned 52 years on Sunday. In a goodwill message he personally signed, the ex-President described Dickson as a crusader for equity and people’s rights. A statement issued by Jonathan’s media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, said that the former President also prayed for God to guide and bless the Governor’s efforts as he continues to work for the transformation of Bayelsa State. The message read: “I wish to, most sincerely, congratulate you on the occasion of your 52nd birthday. “You are a patriot and crusader for equity who has continued to champion the cause of our people, for which God has blessed you with His Grace. “As you mark this special day, I join your family and other...
We’ll Not Sack Teachers – Governor Dickson
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We’ll Not Sack Teachers – Governor Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that his government will not sack any teacher in the state as from January 2018. The Governor said that the government would rather train and retrain the teachers in the state’s primary and secondary schools as well as others for greater productivity. A statement by the Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, on Thursday, said that the governor gave the assurance during the inauguration of the governing councils of Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, and the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology, Otuogidi. He, however, said that only teachers with fake certificates or those who refused to be at their duty-posts to work should have reasons to be afraid of being sacked. He urged the chairmen and...
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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...
GOVERNOR DICKSON SAYS: NIGERIA IS TOO DIVIDED ALONG ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS LINES
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GOVERNOR DICKSON SAYS: NIGERIA IS TOO DIVIDED ALONG ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS LINES

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has reiterated his call on leaders of the country, across board to deliberately unite the country, saying that the nation is too divided along ethnic and religious lines. Meanwhile the Governor, who made the call in his New Year message to the people of the state, believed that 2018 would provide a rare opportunity to put the country on the path of mutual co-existence and stability. The Governor also urged the people to support the leadership and remain steadfast in God and pray for peace and stability of Nigeria, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, said on Saturday. He said it is when the leadership delivers selfless services backed with the fervent prayers of the citizenry that the country would attain its pride of place in...
Governor Dickson Pays Nigerian Army N400m For Seaport Survey
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Governor Dickson Pays Nigerian Army N400m For Seaport Survey

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has presented a cheque of N400m to the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers for the survey of an additional 15,000 hectares of land for the Agge Deep Seaport in the state. He reaffirmed that the seaport remained a landmark project, which was of critical importance to the economic fortunes of the state and Nigeria in general. In a statement on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, the governor said his administration placed high premium on security and security-related investments. He stated that there was the need to build partnerships with the nation’s security services, noting that security could not be maintained unless the security forces worked in tandem with the government and the people. Dickson added, “We have presente...
Christmas: Saraki, Dogara, Governors, Others Felicitate With Nigerians
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Christmas: Saraki, Dogara, Governors, Others Felicitate With Nigerians

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has felicitated with Nigerians, particularly Christians as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Mr. Saraki also urged Christians to use the festive occasion to pray for unity, peace and prosperity of Nigeria. He called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasises tolerance, patience, brotherly kindness, care for the needy and love for one another, among other virtues. “The yuletide season presents us an opportunity once more to love, share and forgive. I urge all Nigerians to utilise the period to pray for unity, peace and prosperity in the nation. “W...
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...
2019 Election: PDP Urges Aggrieved Members Use Internal Mechanism
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2019 Election: PDP Urges Aggrieved Members Use Internal Mechanism

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged aggrieved members of the party over outcome of the Dec. 9 National Convention to explore the opportunities provided by the party’s National Reconciliation Committee. According to the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan made the call while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a group of persons who called themselves “Concerned Stakeholders and Candidates’’ had on Wednesday set up a parallel PDP national secretariat in Abuja. Ologbondiyan said following certain concerns on the outcome of the convention, PDP conflict resolution mechanism had began to address issues that would engender continuous harmony in the party. He said it would be unacceptable for any member to act ...
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...
It’s Too Late For Southwest Leaders To Pull Out Of PDP’
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It’s Too Late For Southwest Leaders To Pull Out Of PDP’

Former governors of Ogun and Oyo states, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja, have said it is too late for Southwest leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to contemplate leaving the party over the zone’s loss of the office of national chairman. Speaking separately when they hosted the Governor Seriake Dickson-led National Reconciliation Committee, the two governors affirmed that even though mistakes were made, they would not leave the party as they separately pledged to work towards the success of the party in the 2019 elections. The Dickson Committee met with Ladoja in Ibadan and subsequently with Daniel in Lagos yesterday on its first day in the Southwest following talks with other leaders in Abuja. Both Daniel and Ladoja were national chairmanship contestants at last weeke...
PDP Needs South-West To Succeed – Governor Dickson
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PDP Needs South-West To Succeed – Governor Dickson

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Post-Convention Committee on Reconciliation, who is also the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has said the party will need the full support of its members in the South-West to effectively execute its plan to regain political power in 2019. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as having made the comment when he led the reconciliation committee on a visit to the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in Lagos on Thursday. Dickson, who commended Daniel, a national chairmanship aspirant in the December 9 convention of the party, said that the PDP would need the support and the wise counsel of Daniel and other leaders in the South-West to succeed in its objecti...
PDP Reconciliation Committee Visits Ladoja, Adeniran, Jerry Gana, Others
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PDP Reconciliation Committee Visits Ladoja, Adeniran, Jerry Gana, Others

The PDP reconciliation committee led by the governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson recently visited some aggrieved members of the party following the results of the national convention last Saturday. The team met with Professor Tunde Adeniran, Chief Jerry Gana, Ibrahim Mantu, Chief Rasheed Ladoja and Inna Ciroma. Below are photos from the meetings;
ELECTION 2019: AIT Owner, Raymond Dokpesi Reveals His Plan Against The APC
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ELECTION 2019: AIT Owner, Raymond Dokpesi Reveals His Plan Against The APC

Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)and Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has urged PDP leaders and members to focus on regaining power in 2019. Mr Fidelis Soriwei, the Special Adviser on Media Relations to Dickson, said the Governor made the call when he led members of Reconciliation Committee on a visit to the Chairman of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in Abuja on Wednesday. Dickson said that while the past was important as a guide to shape the future, the PDP leaders and members had a responsibility to focus their energy on the challenges ahead. He said the visit was to interact with Dokpesi and other leaders on ways to move the party forward. He commended Dokpesi for his maturity and love for the party a...
Niger Delta University Pro-Chancellor Lauds Governor Dickson’s Move To Re-Position Institution
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Niger Delta University Pro-Chancellor Lauds Governor Dickson’s Move To Re-Position Institution

Prof. Steve Azaiki, the Pro-Chancellor, Niger Delta University (NDU), has commended Gov. Seriake Dickson’s move to re-position the institution to achieve academic excellence. Azaiki, who is also the Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution, made the commendation during the inauguration of the 4th Governing Council meeting on Thursday in Yenagoa. He said that the inauguration was an opportunity given to his team to turnaround the university. He expressed the commitment of the fourth council to uplift the institution to an enviable height, saying it would soon come up with laudable ideas and innovations that would change the narrative of the university. The Acting Vice-Chancellor of NDU, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, applauded his appointment as a member of the 4th Govern...
PDP Convention: Governor Dickson Begs Ex-Minister Adeniran, Senator Mantu, Others
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PDP Convention: Governor Dickson Begs Ex-Minister Adeniran, Senator Mantu, Others

The National Reconciliation Committee of the People’s Democratic Party led by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Tuesday visited some aggrieved members as part of efforts to forge a post-convention reconciliation within the party. Among the party members visited by the Dickson team was former National Chairmanship aspirant, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Special Adviser Media Relations to Governor Dickson, Fidelis Soriwei, revealed in a statement in Abuja. Also visited by Dickson were former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, a former Minister of Information and Orientation, Prof Jerry Gana, and former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Ina Ciroma, who contested for the position of Deputy National Chairman, North. According to Dickson, all his hosts were positive on the need to...
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...
Ex-Zimbabwean VP Joice Mujuru Urges Women To Brace Up For Leadership Challenges
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Ex-Zimbabwean VP Joice Mujuru Urges Women To Brace Up For Leadership Challenges

Former Zimbabwean Vice President, Dr. Joice Mujuru, and a former First Lady of Liberia, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, have urged women to brace themselves for top political and corporate leadership role instead of resigning to the fate of weaker sex tag. The two were the special guests of honour at the 2017 National Women’s Summit, held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Oyo State. The three-day annual summit, which was themed, “The resilient woman: making a difference,” was organised by the Officials’ Wives’ Association (OYSOWA), under the auspices of the wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi. The event, which attracted more than 1,000 delegates across the country, was also graced by four Governors: Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos State), Mr. Seri...

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