Yenagoa, Feb. 14, 2020
The swearing in of Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP), on Friday, February 14, 2020, as Governor of Bayelsa State has opened a new window of opportunity for immediate past Governor of the state, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson.
Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kate Abiri, administered the oath of office for the Bayelsa governor, and his Deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.
The swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Government House, Yenagoa, was a huge celebration among party supporters.
With the entrance of Diri and Ewhrudjakpo, the road to the Senate has been opened for Dickson who is from Bayelsa West senatorial zone, the same zone as the new Deputy Governor.
It is said that Dickson supported Ewhrudjakpo so that once he is sworn in, his seat will become vacant for him to step into. Dickson, a lawyer by training was before becoming Governor a member of the House of Representatives.
Pundits insist that once there is a bye-election, Dickson would be as good as elected. If the PDP candidates had not made it to the Bayelsa Government House, however, Dickson would have been in political wilderness as there would not have been a vacant Senate seat to contest.
Besides, he would, literally been persona non grata in Bayelsa as the All Progressives Congress, APC, chiefs in the state led by his old political foe, Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, backed by federal forces, would have run him out of town.
There would have been far-reaching probe of his eight years of governorship and serious efforts would have been made to erase his political structures and legacies.
The reported abandonment of the PDP by his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Gboribiogha Jonah, hours before the sacking of the APC’s David Lyons by the Supreme Court was to signal the beginning of the decimation of Dickson’s camp. But the tides have changed in his favor.
There would now almost certainly not be a probe and those that have left his political camp would return to the new godfather of Bayelsa politics for appointments, contracts and sundry favors from the new government.
In his inauguration address, Diri declared that he would always work to achieve peace, love and prosperity for the people.
He described the swearing in day, as “a day made by God and marvelous in the eye of the people of Bayelsa”.
“I have been sworn in today as your new governor, my advice is that we have to be magnanimous in victory.
“We have to forget the bitterness and acrimony, because if we kill ourselves, who are we going to lead? Of course, we are not going to lead animals.
“I, therefore, bring to you message of love, hope and prosperity for Bayelsa.
“Let us eschew all the bitterness and acrimony and learn to love ourselves irrespective of political parties,” Diri stated.