Bayelsa 2019: APC Ends Governorship Campaign, Says Heavy Defeat Awaits PDP

Candidate of the APC, Chief David Lyon (Right) and National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, at the Grand Finale of the 2019 APC Bayelsa State Governorship Campaign in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the heavy defeat that awaits the People Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday November I6 2019, is now causing panic within the Governor Dickson camp. 

He said this while speaking at the grand rally of the APC which held at the Oxbow Lake Pavilion in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

The APC leadership mocked the PDP led administration for failing the state.

Oshiomole said: “Dickson is panicking, how can he not panic when the Lion has arrived. Who will not panic when you cannot point at the schools you have built and the Lion is coming, won’t you panic? When you borrowed as much as he has borrowed to do things that people cannot see and now a Lion is coming to ask questions, why won’t you panic? 

“When you are been accused of spending almost a N100 billion to construct less than three and a half kilometers runway but nothing is running, and there is no way and you go there with your pajamas and you are crying and you want them to open the airport and the Lion is coming to ask you to account, won’t you panic?”

“So, I think Governor Dickson deserves our sympathy. But the best he can do is not to complicate his own problem by resorting to violence. It will not help me, it cannot take him more and he cannot survive it. Let me say here and now, we believe in one man, one vote, one woman, one vote, one Dickson one vote, and of course one Lyon one vote. With the votes we already have Dickson belongs to history. He has mismanaged not only the governance of Bayelsa State, he has mismanaged the Bayelsa family as a people”.

“He saw power as something that intoxicates, nobody else matters, every body was to serve him even those who have held senior national positions that helped him to where he is today. He thought the Okra tree could be taller than those who planted it. But come Saturday November 16, he will know the truth that the Okra tree cannot be taller than the person who planted it.

“That leads me to why we are here. You see, if you hear of Lion when you see him, his looks, the way he speaks, for those who understands psychology, you will see a harmless, humble gentleman, when they tell you this is a Lion you have to touch him to know the difference”.

“You know like they say, it is the empty drum that makes more noise. The Lion has grown up in this community, he has experienced what the ordinary Bayelsans have experienced. He knows the true meaning of poverty, he understands how poverty dehumanizes. He has struggled against forces of reaction, he is an example of what is possible when a man is focused.”

“Today, I believe that the people of Bayelsa State by coming out on Saturday to vote for one of your own, you will be making a bold statement that indeed this democracy that anybody who is focused who is determined, who remains with his people, mix with people and community, who empowers ordinary people, when he is out for change you will support him”.

“Dickson will soon find out that democracy is an equalizer. When you think that you are bigger than anyone, on election day you will discover that the unemployed, the deprived, the abused, the deceived on that day they are all equal. So I asked you that on Saturday that you will show more enthusiasm even much more that you have shown before. On Saturday, you must go out and vote, we do not believe in violence, not by bullet but by PVC. Dickson and his agents will be voted out and Lyon and his running mate will be voted in”.

“Let me assure you that President Muhammadu Buhari is fully here with us in spirit. He says he will give Lyon all the support he needs to make up for lost time. The President is pained. President Buhari gave Dickson, like other governors, bail out number one to go and pay salaries but Dickson collected the money and the workers were not paid. He gave the second one and he paid his family. Dickson got the refund of Paris Club, monies that were deducted from the tenure of his predecessors. It was refunded to him in billions, Dickson took it and Bayelsa is under darkness. To hear that for a state like Bayelsa with the revenue that accrues to you that even civil servants are not paid after all these monies have been released, even if you don’t punish him, your ballot papers will punish him.”

“He who climbs power and destroys the ladder that he used, will you be able to come down? So I ask you to join me in this prayers: Oh Lord, we the people of Bayelsa State eight years ago, we came to vote for a man called Dickson, we trusted him, we believe in patience, our leaders who we trust ask us to vote for him, in our innocence we give him, four years later we had mixed feelings, we were told give him second chance that he will repent from his sins and he will take Bayelsa to the next level, Lord it is eight years he has mortgaged our future, he borrowed from all the banks in Nigeria in the name of only one project and even that project is not on. Lord, we know we trusted him, now with you we are powerful.”

Earlier, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and leader of the party in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, who spoke in a veiled reference to the judgment against the Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, running mate to Lyon accused the PDP of throwing all kinds of obstacles on the way of the opposition in the state, but said that the party was too strong to be weakened by such antics.

“They have gone to every court in the land to try and discourage us. But the APC is stronger and more powerful than they think” he said.

In his remarks, an elated Chief David Lyon expressed gratitude to Bayelsans for their support promising better days ahead if elected governor. 

“Today, the people of Bayelsa State have spoken, for almost eight years just barely two months to leave office, PDP has been ruling this state in darkness. Let me assure you that I know what is development, I am somebody who is close to you and I want to assure Bayelsans, November I6 after being elected and sworn in on February 20, 2020, Bayelsa will see development.

“I know what it takes to solve insecurity. With the traditional rulers, youths and women we will solve insecurity and when we have handled insecurity, what is next is development.

“APC is not coming to decieve you people, no. Let me tell you that this election is not about David Lyon, it is about Bayelsa State, so let us stand firm to vote PDP out of this state.

“Bayelsans let me assure you today that David Lyon and Senator Degi Eremienyo pair will not disappoint you, I will never disappoint you, APC will never disappoint Bayelsa. I am saying this in the presence of my leaders. This election is not about Bayelsa, its about Ijaw nation because the present PDP government is not respecting the leaders of Ijaw nation. APC government will unite Ijaw people.”

Earlier Governors Badaru of Jigawa and his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola, had in their separate remarks, urged the people of the state to come out in their numbers to vote for the APC on Saturday, and join the league of progressive states.

Dignitaries present at the grand rally include the national Working Committee APC led by the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, four state governors led by the Jigawa Governor and Chairman of the APC Governorship campaign council for Bayelsa, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill  Akpabio and others.


APC May Break PDP’s Reign In Bayelsa, Says CDD

The Cable : “The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) says there is a high chance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wresting power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Bayelsa governorship poll.

“The PDP has produced three governors in the state since the return of democracy in 1999.

“The centre, in its report titled: “The Godson Turned Godfather: Governor Dickson & Bayelsa’s 2019 Election”, however, said the “growing popularity of APC in the state could make the election fiercely contested”.

“It also said the internal crisis within the PDP and its primary election in September may be the “straw that will finally break the camel’s back”.

“Duoye Diri, PDP candidate, will lock horns with David Lyon of the APC and 43 others on November 16 over the number one seat in the oil-rich state.

“The APC faces a tough task to win in a state that has been the exclusive preserve of the PDP since the return to democracy in 1999. However, there are signs that it might have a chance of breaking that tradition in November. In the 2019 presidential election, the APC won 118,821 votes; a huge increase on the 5,194 it won in 2015,” the report read.

“The growing popularity of APC in the state is coupled with the party’s determination to wrestle power from a state that has traditionally been a PDP stronghold means a fierce contest is expected. Having won a senatorial seat, two seats at the House of Representatives and four seats in the State House of Assembly in the last general elections, the APC now has its sight set on the governorship.

“This Bayelsa election can also serve as a launching pad aimed at making inroads into the South-South region ahead of the 2023 general elections. It is therefore likely that the federal government will do all that is reasonably possible, and muster all the available resources, to ensure its party wins the governorship seat in Bayelsa.”

The report further said that there is a likelihood that the election is marred by violence and fake news.

“The Niger Delta in general, and Bayelsa State in particular, have a history of electoral violence. This is compounded by widespread established incidents of insecurity that include cult violence, piracy, abductions and attacks on oil facilities,” it read.

“With the reported stockpiling of dangerous weapons by the criminals and political thugs… there is a strong likelihood that electoral violence will be a significant feature of this forthcoming election.

“Fake news spread fast and is a potent security threat to the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State. Of particular concern is the deliberate attempts by the political parties to spread false information and shape the narratives before polling day. Both the APC and PDP in Bayelsa run media hubs dedicated to producing and disseminating misinformation and the spread of falsehoods.”

“CDD calls on INEC to address the incidents of vote-buying ongoing in the form of buying of Permanent Voters Card and also work to stem vote-buying during the elections.

“The Centre calls on the leadership of security agencies and her men to maintain a non- partisan stance in the forthcoming elections. The security should refrain from being dragged into such sceptre as witnessed during the 2019 general elections.

“Regardless of the outcome of the governorship election, what should be of utmost concern to every indigene of Bayelsa State is that a peaceful and credible election takes place which reflects the will of the people.”

Osinbajo, Okowa Agree: MSMEs Sure Way To Economic Growth

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday said Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) were the fastest ways of growing the economies of states and the nation, NTA News reports.

They made their positions known in Asaba at the 25th edition of MSMEs Clinic organised by the Delta Government in collaboration with Office of the Vice President.

Osinbajo commended Okowa’s administration for its commitment to growing MSMEs, noting that effort of the state government were in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to make businesses work in Nigeria.

“The Federal Government is determined to create a Nigeria where small businesses are nurtured and encouraged to thrive and prosper.

“Nigeria is an economy driven largely by small businesses and it is clear that there can be no real national growth and development if we do not ensure that our small businesses are developed.

“If every small business in Nigeria add just one more employee, the gap that single action will fill in our unemployment figures will be much larger than if one single conglomerate were to employ 10,000 people.

“So, we really believe that the MSMEs are the engine of growth in our country and we are therefore, fully committed to ensure that as a government, we will remove all the obstacles that is standing in the way of the MSMEs so that they can have the opportunity to thrive and grow,” he said.

Osinbajo added that efforts were on to ensure a single-digit interest rates for MSMEs, emphasising that the clinic afforded the MSME operators the opportunity to present their challenges to relevant government agencies.

Okowa had in an address, said “MSMEs have been globally recognised as engines of rapid economic growth, wealth creation, employment generation and social inclusion.

“They are also known as incubators of innovation while providing opportunities for increased participation of women in the economy.

“Defined as enterprises with less than 10 employed persons and annual turnover of less than N20 million, MSMEs are more feasible and attractive to the mass of people seeking entrepreneurship, self-employment, livelihood incomes and economic participation.”

He commended the vice president for supporting things that had to do with Delta, adding that his administration would always identify with any programme or concept that focused on nurturing, supporting and promoting the growth of MSMEs.

The governor said that across the state, there were testimonies of successful small businesses and life-changing testimonies by those who were trained, established and mentored under STEP, YAGEP schemes of the government and from its vocational training centres.

High point of the event was the inspection of YAGEP Cluster farms at Ibusa by the vice president, who had earlier on arrival at the Event Centre, Asaba, venue of the clinic, inspected products of different entrepreneurial programmes of the state government.

#BayelsaDecides2019: Brass Declares Total Support For APC Candidate Lyon

Photo Caption: Candidate of the APC, Chief David Lyon (Left); Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo (Right), Deputy Governorship Candidate and Amayanabo of Okpoama, HRM King Ebitimi Banigo, Okpo XXI (Middle) at the Aamanyanabo’s palace on Wednesday when the APC Governorship Campaign visited.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, has promised to develop adequate waterways security in a bid to boost the tourism potentials of coastal communities in Brass Local Government Council of the State.

Lyon also promised to design sustainable women and youth development and empowerment programs aimed at reducing the rising wave of poverty, unemployment and crime in the state, if he is elected as governor in the forthcoming November 16 election.

A statement by the Media and Publicity Committee, APC 2019 Governorship Campaign Council, said Lyon made these promises during the APC Governorship Campaign Rally in Okpoama Town, the country home of former governor and minister of state for petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Wednesday.

Explaining further, Lyon said the people of the area have no reason to experience poverty and underdevelopment, if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government made the right investment with crude oil gas proceeds that accrued to the state in the past eight years.

Addressing the large crowd of elders, women and youths that received him at the Okpo Square in Okpoama, Lyon accused the PDP of stock piling public funds in Government House with the intention to buy votes on the day of the election because they have lost the trust of the people.

He said “I have it on good authority that the PDP is stock piling money meant to develop your communities in Government House. The aim is to use it to buy your votes on the day of election because they know that they have failed you. My message to you is that you should not sell your votes. Vote for the APC.”

The APC candidate who expressed disappointment with the lack of access road to Brass, potable water and the devastating problem of insecurity, promised to engage traditional rulers, technocrats and other well-meaning Bayelsans to change the face of the oil and gas rich Brass Island.

Speaking earlier at the palace of Amayanabo of Okpoama, HRM King Ebitimi Banigo, the Okpo XXI, where he received royal blessings and endorsement, the APC candidate said though he hails from Southern Ijaw LGA, he is a son of Brass LGC because he is married to their daughter. In that sense, he also feels the pains of the people for the past eight years.

He said “as a worthy son I have come to present myself to you, my fathers, to tell you first hand that I am contesting for the number one seat in the State come November 16, and to seek your blessings and endorsement. I have always had respect for traditional leadership and will continue to hold the royal stool with the highest esteem it deserves.”

Responding, King Banigo, who described him as a worthy son of Bayelsa State who has touched the lives of many, said that many politicians have come with fantastic promises without fulfilling any, however, urged Lyon to fulfill his promises when elected into office.

Speaking at Akassa Town where a mammoth crowd made up of different groups waited to receive the campaign train, a former chairman of Brass LGC, Hon. Bello Bina, assured the people that Lyon is a man with worthy character and has proven that he is a man who is capable of keeping his promises.

He also assured the APC candidate of the unflinching support of the entire people of Akassa, especially the women and youths who have not had the opportunity to actively participate in governance.

He said “the people of Akassa pledge their total support to you. And i want to use this occasion to appeal to you not to forget our commitments when you emerge the governor of Bayelsa State.”


APC Accuses PDP Of Producing Fake PVCs Ahead Of Bayelsa Poll

The All Progressives Congress says it has uncovered fake Permanent Voters’ Cards allegedly manufactured in large scale by the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the November 16, Bayelsa governorship election.

In a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Friday, APC alleged that the fake PVCs have been code-named “Biafra Cards” by the PDP.

According to Nabena, Bayelsa state chapter of PDP has begun large scale manufacturing of fake PVCs.

“We are receiving real-time reports that the PDP-led government in the state is manufacturing fake Permanent Voters Cards code-named “Biafra cards” at the Government House.”

The APC chieftain alleged that some of the manufactured fake PVCs were deposited at the residence of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the state governor in Odoni ward eight in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

He recalled that during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly election in the state, only 22 smart card readers out of the 69 stolen by political thugs were retrieved by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“The PDP-led government in Bayelsa is planning to configure the 47 smart card readers still in its possession with the fake PVCs which PDP is currently mass-producing.

“I call on our security and intelligence agencies to urgently carry out strategic raids to stop PDP’s illegal operations, retrieve the smart card readers and mop up the fake PVCs which the party has code-named “Biafra cards,” he said.

Nabena called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security, anti-corruption and other relevant agencies to intervene to ensure a hitch-free election in the state.

He urged the electorate to resist alleged plots by the PDP-led government to foist governorship candidate on Bayelsans through rigging, vote-buying and violence.

The APC chieftain called on INEC to rise up to the occasion and ensure free, fair and credible poll.

Reacting, the state Publicity Secretary the PDP, Mr Mackbere Osom dismissed the allegation, urging the public to disregard it, insisting that the APC was not ready to contest the governorship election.

Osom said APC had shown clearly that it was not ready by boycotting the governorship debate saying it was only making statements to distract the PDP.

“Ask the APC why are they not campaigning? PDP is busy campaigning to Bayelsans but APC wants to rely on ‘federal might.’ We are waiting for them. Is it PDP or INEC that has the responsibility of producing PVCs? Let them go and campaign.

“APC had an opportunity to present its programmes to Bayelsans during the governorship debate but because they have a candidate who is not ready, he ran away. PDP has been winning the election since 1999 and we don’t need to produce PVCs to defeat APC,” he said.


Bayelsa Election: APC Accuses PDP Of Intimidating INEC Staff Over Presiding Officers List

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has refuted allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Douye Diri, that it influenced the list of Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) deployed for the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.

Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the APC Bayelsa State 2019 Governorship Campaign Council, and Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Yekini Nabena, revealed that PDP and its candidate were doing everything possible to intimidate the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) into doing their bidding.

In a statement made available to newsmen, on Tuesday in Abuja, Nabena said the PDP and its governorship candidate were crying wolf in the face of it’s imminent election defeat, come November 16.

The APC also revealed that the Bayelsa REC and its official rejected the bribe offer made to them by the PDP’s elements hence the call for the REC’s removal.

Director of Media and Publicity of the Senator Douye Diri Campaign Organisation, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite had called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw a supposed list of SPOs and engage fresh hands from institutions outside Bayelsa state.

“The baseless allegation by the PDP and their governoship candidate is part of their plan to intimidate INEC and other critical stakeholders that will be on official election duty. You can see the PDP during their campaigns, they have nothing to tell Bayelsans following the failed administration of Governor Seriake Dickson so they have resorted to falsehood, peddling rumours and crying wolf.

“The popularity and wide acceptance of the APC governorship candidate, Chief David Lyon is giving the PDP sleepless nights. The PDP’s nightmares will soon be over after Bayelsans vote them out on November 16.” The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain told newsmen.

Nabena said the real issue is the PDP plot to turn Bayelsa state into a warzone so as to enable them buy votes and rig the election.

“Bayelsans are more alarmed by the PDP’s arms stockpiling, massive looting of state funds by the outgoing government of Seriake Dickson and other illegal activities geared to rig the election.” Nabena said.

Bayelsa APC Governorship Candidate Promises To Protect Bayelsa Crude Oil Wealth For Development

Candidate of the APC, Chief David Lyon (middle); Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo (Left), Deputy Governorship Candidate and Hon. Jothan Amos (Right), State Chairman of APC Bayelsa in Ekeremor Town on Saturday during the APC Governorship Campaign Rally.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon, has called for stronger collaboration between government, security agencies and local communities to protect and judiciously use the crude oil wealth for the growth and development of the people.

According to Lyon who is contesting to succeed the incumbent governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, in the forthcoming November 16 governorship election, the tripod collaboration would help foster speedy development of the oil-rich Niger Delta state.

Addressing a mammoth crowd that received him at Egbemo-Angalabiri Community in Ekeremor Local Government Council, Lyon said Bayelsans still live in penury because the Dickson-led administration failed to protect and invest the common wealth of the people on profit generating projects, thereby causing the people to live from hand to mouth.

He observed that the level of development in the communities does not reflect the true nature of the contributions they put into the wealth and growth of Nigeria as oil producing areas.

 He promised that when elected into office, protecting the crude oil wealth of the state from activities of pipeline vandals and crude oil thieves, a phenomenon he said has exposed the Bayelsa State to severe environmental degradation would top the list of his priorities.

Explaining further when his campaign team visited Peretorugbene and Toru-Ndoro Communities, Lyon promised to ensure that all local communities are captured in the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) of multinational oil corporations operating in the area.

He said whilst he served as youth leader of his community, Olugbobiri in Southern Ijaw LGA, in 1995, he was the first youth leader to sign a GMoU with a multinational oil corporation to secure contracts and jobs for young people, saying leadership of youth groups across the state can take a queue from him.

He declared that only when job opportunities are created to ensure that young people are self reliant that the crude oil resources of Nigeria can be safe. Lyon said this had become more imperative in order to sustain peace and stability of the state, and above all prepare a better and prosperous future of generation of Bayelsans yet unborn.

He revealed that while he is traversing communities to seek the support of the electorate in a responsible manner, his main aim is to also use the opportunity to meet and find out the teething challenges of the people ahead of the governorship poll.

Reiterating his commitment to develop the state when elected as governor, Lyon said he was not only overwhelmed by the love Ekeremor people have demonstrated towards him and the APC, but that he is also marveled by the level of preparedness of the people of the area to exercise and protect their franchise for the APC.

Interacting with the chiefs and people of the various communities, the APC candidate thanked them for their show of courage as flood continues to ravage many communities in Ekeremor, adding that he has no doubt that the people would give his party bloc votes with same courage come 16 November.

While assuring them of his readiness to impact more on their lives, immediately after being sworn in as governor, Lyon promised to complete the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road and commence work at the abandoned Agge Seaport project which he said has the capacity to provide employment for thousands of Bayelsans.

He further said, “as an oil producing communities, you deserve more than the hardship the state government has exposed you to. I understand your condition because my community suffers the same fate. In other words, I am on the same page with you in this struggle.

“If we live in a state where only the right people are elected into office, communities like yours should be enjoying better roads, schools, health facilities and potable water. This time I expect you to do the right thing by voting for the APC to ensure that we change the narrative.

“When I become governor, I would create more jobs for your people, I would link your communities with the outside world through roads, I would build befitting hospitals for you, I would provide better and sustainable educational system for your children. The time to protect and spend our crude oil wealth judiciously has come.”

Receiving 150 defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the APC at Ekeremor Town, the chairman of APC in the state, Hon. Jothan Amos, said that the mood in the state shows that the people are fed up with the PDP-led government.

In all the communities visited, the people lauded him for employing thousands of youths through his oil and gas surveillance contract, and assured him of their preparedness to work for the victory of APC in the forthcoming election.

People from communities in the area endorsed the APC as the campaign tour climaxed with a mega rally in Aleibiri community, home town of former speaker and deputy governor, Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi, where a humongous crowd gathered to cheer and receive the campaign team despite the rains.

Speaking at the rally, Ebebi said David Lyon has given youths of the area employment opportunities and that he is confident that when Lyon becomes governor the rate of unemployment in the area would drop.

“I know David Lyon very well. He is a proven leader that has empowered and employed our youths with his position as pipeline surveillance contractor. A man with that kind of track record, I am sure would do far better if he becomes governor of the state.

“For the last seven and half years we supported the PDP-led government, what did we gain? They said they are constructing road to Ekeremor, that road is still far from complete, and in five months they would be leaving office. What then can we say is our benefit?

The campaign team visited Egbemo-Angalabiri, Peretorugbene, Isampou,Toru-Ndoro, Aleibiri and Ekeremor where monarchs and chiefs gave the APC campaign team their blessings and support.

Bayelsa 2019: APC Accuses PDP of Politically Motivated Panic-mongering

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State of trying to foster panic in the state to prepare the ground for a state government-sponsored violence ahead of the November I6 governorship election.
The State Publicity Secretary and Secretary, Media and Publicity Committee of APC Bayelsa State 2019 Governorship Campaign Council, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, stated this on Thursday in Yenagoa in a reaction to allegations of poll rigging and violence by the Bayelsa PDP Chairman, Mr. Moses Cleopas.
APC also accused the governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and his party of engaging in “a dress rehearsal for their own usual electoral violence and poll robbery.”
It described the allegations by PDP as “the ranting of a panic-stricken party rocked by greed and fear of failure owing to its own poor performance, which is struggling to sow anxiety among the people to stave off imminent electoral rejection.”
The statement said, “It is clear to the people of Bayelsa State and, indeed, Nigeria that the Peoples Democratic Party in the state is in a terrible panic mood. Raising false alarm is only a way of managing their anxiety.
“False accusation and panic-mongering have been their signature election eve dress rehearsal for violence and electoral manipulation. The whole country saw it in 2015/2016. Ahead of November 16, PDP in the state is engaged in another full-scale practice before the launch of their terror assault on our electoral democracy.
“The party seems even more desperate this time. Hit by a wave of defections and imminent consequence of its poor performance, PDP in Bayelsa is nervous. And it has entered a persecution complex mode.  
“In addition to the known contents of the PDP terror package, as hinted by its state chairman, APC is aware of the governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson’s plot to ‘pardon’ some hardened criminals who had been convicted for various criminal offences, apparently, for use as foot soldiers in his party’s electoral violence and manipulation scheme. Obviously conscious of the fact that this evil plot has been exposed, Dickson and PDP are hastily clutching at the last straw of panic-mongering.
“But, unfortunately for them, their strategy has become an old joke to Bayelsans.
“Let us reiterate that APC is not distracted by PDP’s antics ahead of the governorship election. We remain focused.
“We are on the ballot to win. The mood of Bayelsa currently accords with our message. And we will win.”  

Bayelsa Guber: Kolga Abandons Son, Endorses APC Candidate

Candidate of the APC, Chief David Lyon (middle), in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opukuma Local Government Council on Tuesday.

The people of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Council in Bayelsa State, on Tuesday, declared total support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon.

They said their son who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri, was elected without any form of consultation with them.

Speaking on behalf of the people of the area in Sabageria during APC’s governorship campaign rally, Alternate Director General of the APC Bayelsa State 2019 Governorship Campaign Council, Professor Seiyefa Brisibe, said the PDP deceived the people of Kolokuma/Opokuma during its last primary election that produced Senator Diri.

He pointed out that the area had an illustrious son they wanted as governorship candidate but the incumbent governor of the state, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, gave the PDP ticket to Diri without consulting with people of the area.

Explaining further, he said the PDP candidate does not protect the interest of the people of the area and therefore cannot attract any form of development to the people, just as they did not benefit from the Dickson’s government for close to eight years.

“They claim we should support them because they have given us a Governorship candidate. But did they consult us before giving us the Governorship candidate? I urge you to vote for APC because we are sure of empowerment and development when David Lyon is in power”, he declared.

Addressing the mammoth crowd that turned out for the rally, the APC governorship candidate, Lyon, assured the people of the area that if voted into office come November 16, he would complete the Sabageria/Polako bridge project. The bridge has been abandoned for eight years.

David Lyon who was received by traditional rulers, elders, women and youths of Kolga, also promised to provide soft loans and grants for small and medium scale businesses women from the area, in a bid to move the people above the poverty line.

Lyon said: “I am an Ijaw man like you, and I know your problems because they are the same problems I face everyday as a person. When I become governor, I assure you that I would work hard to solve your problems.

“First, I would complete the abandoned Polako/Sabageria bridge to connect you to Yenagoa City. I would build befitting schools, hospitals and roads to ease your challenges as a people.

“I will sand fill parts of Okoloba Community in order to ensure that the annual flood that renders you homeless and jobless as a people don’t disturb you anymore.

“For our women, I will establish small-scale businesses for you. I will provide farm tools for farmers to sustain their means of livelihood.”

Also speaking, Hon. Ndutimi Komonibo, the APC campaign coordinator for Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Council reiterated the fact that the PDP has tempted the people of Kolga to their limits to the point that the only option is to vote for the APC.

“That is why God has sent us a David to liberate our people from our enemies that don’t want our progress. My people, you know that our people are very intelligent people. The governor, without consulting us, brought one of our sons as candidate.

To me that is temptation. Are you ready to vote for that temptation? Our problem is that if Douye Diri becomes governor, he would become Dickson’s stooge and we would continue to suffer as we suffered under Dickson’s administration.

“So if you ask me between Douye and development which would I choose? I would choose development because the PDP has not and will never bring development to us,” Komonibo declared.

The APC campaign train later went to Opukuma, Odi and Kaiama. At each point, highly enthusiastic supporters who endorsed the APC Governorship candidate met them. In turn, the APC team preached the message of a better Bayelsa for all.

Bayelsa 2019: Lyon Releases Manifesto, Promises Industrialization, Wealth Creation

Chief David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 16 Bayelsa State governorship election, on Sunday released his Campaign Manifesto which he tagged the “Project Better Bayelsa: Industrialization and Wealth Agenda.”

In his manifesto, David Lyon said that his vision is for Bayelsa State to be among the most secured and industrialized states in Nigeria. He also said that his mission is to achieve a diversified development through industrialization, effective security system, human capacity building, infrastructural development & modernization, poverty eradication and value re-orientation.

He recalled that Bayelsa State which was created on October Ist 1996, with an approximate population of three million people, is hugely endowed with natural resources of which crude oil and natural gas predominate, and blessed with highly productive and talented citizens.

He also recalled that the people of Bayelsa once enjoyed steady power supply, illuminated streets, good roads and a secure environment, bursary payment for students, prompt payment for civil servants and pensioners.

“There was a time when a plastic industry was set for take-off, the state owned university was the dream of every young admission seeker, water reticulation project was in top gear and social life had meaning.

“There was a time when every child, woman and youth had hope and every elder had peace. “However, this golden era has receded from our people as all the indices of Human Development are not in our favour,” Lyon said.

While lamenting the challenges facing the state such as infrastructural decay, inaccessibility to standard health care, lack of portable water, unreliable electricity, environmental degradation, educational backwardness, poor transportation, insecurity, poor leadership and mismanagement of resources, he noted that Bayelsa state is under-performing in all the critical indices.

“For instance, our dear state ranks number three in terms of unemployment rate (32.6%) in Nigeria. Also, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey shows that two-fifths of Bayelsans still drink water from carts/trucks (meruwa), drums, sachets and wells. Statistics also indicate that about 40% of Bayelsans still use open-pit latrines, bucket latrines, hanging toilets and “flush/pour-to-somewhere-else,” he said.

The governorship candidate noted that Bayelsa State needs a purpose-driven governor who will radically apply sound economic models to make businesses to thrive, create employment and build sustainable infrastructure.

“Bayelsa needs a governor who feels their pains, shares their concerns, promotes unity and provides the soothing balm of development to improve the overall health and effectiveness of the state,” he said.

The governorship candidate, David Lyon, set 17 goals of his administration. The goals tackle Finance, Agriculture and Food Security, Commerce and Industry, Yenagoa City Development, Housing, Youth and Women Empowerment, Tourism and Culture, Social Investment, Education /ICT, Health, Energy, Sports, Environment, Local Government, Transport, Security and Effective Public Service.

Lyon also listed ‘Key Projects’ of his administration which includes;

    Activation of Gas Turbines and Independent Power Plants.
    Water Projects
    Housing Development
    Functional Capital City
    Agricultural Value Chains
    Fishing Terminal
    Industrial Park
    Three Senatorial Roads
    Cinema Concession