A former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), Mr Timi Alaibe, has developed into a stunning bride-to-be overnight for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State following Friday’s swearing-in of Senator Douye Diri as guv.
Alaibe is seriously courted by the party’s hierarchy and the previous instant guv, Seriake Dickson to stop his continuous lawsuits which they highly think might truncate Diri’s period.
The former NDDC MD who objected to the PDP’s governorship ticket with Diri throughout the primaries is presently in court looking for an order that he be stated as the validly chosen governorship nominee of the party.
He was significantly backed by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the race however lost in the primaries to Dickson’s nominee, Diri.
Jonathan and numerous other PDP leading shots were declared to have changed their assistance to the APC prospect, David Lyon, based on Dickson’s.
Lyon proceeded to win the election just for the Supreme Court to space his triumph last Thursday, pointing out discussion of created documents by his running mate, Senator Degi Ermienyo.
But the All Progressives Congress (APC) is firmly insisting a fresh governorship election in the state.
The moment after his swearing-in on Friday night, Diri accompanied by Dickson and the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus went to see Jonathan in his home town, Otuoke.
The visit was to plead the ex-President to dominate on Alaibe to drop his lawsuits against Diri.
In Suit No: FHC/YNG/CS/99/2019 submitted before the court, Alaibe is, to name a few things, prompting the Court to state him as the validly chosen governorship nominee of the PDP. He signed up with the PDP, Diri and two others as accused.
The introduction of Diri as guv, sources stated, has provided Dickson and his party an extraordinary chance to recover the political management of the state previously lost to the APC last November.
Sources close to the former guv stated: “He was struck beyond words when the judgement was pronounced. He never thought the APC would be denied the opportunity to carry out their plans against him.”
To kick-start a process of reconciliation within the party in Bayelsa and beyond, Dickson advised his allies, consisting of Governor Diri, that he meant to reach out to all aggrieved individuals within and outside the state, with a view to re-energizing and rearranging the party. This new position, which runs contrary to his earlier position, The Nation discovered, was interacted to his allies, quickly before he turned over to Diri on Friday.
“The guv (Dickson) made it clear he would be looking for reconciliation. He asked his allies and partners, consisting of the new Governor and his deputy to be prepared to deal with him to make peace and rearrange the party in the coming days. This describes why Governor Diri lost no time at all to see former President Jonathan with his Certificate of Return. Dickson likewise hinted on reaching out to Governor Wike of Rivers State, Timi Alaibe and other party leaders within and outside Bayelsa as part of the peace relocations.
“In a method, even before the Supreme Court judgment, we in Dickson’s camp had observed some errors on our part. We saw that some things might have been much better handled. Politics is vibrant, and we were looking forward to remedying a few of those errors. But with the chance offered us by the Supreme Court judgement, the mission for peace is now doubled. Dickson would be striving to make sure that all those who left PDP in Bayelsa as an outcome of one complaint or the other are convinced to return.
“He will likewise look beyond the state and extend the olive branch. What else will he be defending? God offered him a 2nd possibility to the right the wrongs, which is precisely what he stated he would be finishing with the assistance of the new guv and other party leaders within and outside the state. He is the best recipient of the twist of fate that saw Diri end up being guv after the internal crisis within the PDP rushed APC the governorship on a plate of gold. What we require to do is to encourage Bayelsans that we have discovered our lessons and they will welcome the PDP, is the just real party of the people of the state,” he included.
Complaining of abnormalities, Alaibe had instantly after the PDP primaries submitted a case versus Diri’s candidature at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the state capital.
In Suit No: FHC/YNG/CS/99/2019 submitted before the court, Alaibe is, to name a few things, prompting the Court to state him as the validly chosen governorship prospect of the PDP. He signed up with the PDP, Diri and two others as accused.
The case was later on moved to Owerri when Alaibe grumbled about security in Yenagoa. On the 15th of October, 2019, Justice Jane Inyang, who was hearing the matter, revealed the unexpected transfer of the case to Abuja. He mentioned order of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court as the factor for the shipment. The matter turned up for hearing just on the 8th of November 2019 when the question was adjourned till 15 November 2019, the eve of the Bayelsa election.
Following a petition versus Justice Inyang by Alaibe, declaring uncertainty in her capability to make sure a reasonable trial of the matter, the case was adjourned forever to allow the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, who had directed Justice Inyang to respond to the petition, conclude examinations into the appeal. The matter is yet to be heard ever since. But advocates of the PDP governorship candidate have stayed positive that Alaibe’s case is a great one. The Supreme Court’s statement of PDP as the winner of the November 16 election might have more enhanced their willpower to see the matter to the very end.
In his inauguration address, Diri stated that he would continuously work to accomplish peace, love and success for the people. He explained the swearing-in day, as “a day made by God and magnificent in the eye of the people of Bayelsa. I have been sworn in today as your new guv, and my guidance is that we have to be generous in triumph. We have to forget the bitterness and hatred, since if we kill ourselves, who are we going to lead?
“Of course, we are not going to lead animals. I, the reason, bring to you a message of love, hope and success for Bayelsa. Let us shun all the bitterness and hatred and discover to like ourselves regardless of political parties,” Diri mentioned. Reliable PDP sources declared the new guv is not concealing his preparedness to assistance Dickson’s require extensive reconciliation within the party. “If you know Senator Diri very well, you will know he is a man of peace. He is a devoted party man who will do anything and sacrifice anything to give peace a chance,” a close assistant of the new guv stated.
It is still uncertain when and how precisely Dickson or his men will be reaching out to Governor Wike. Just weeks back, Wike had declined the deal of the PDP management to step in in the dispute with Dickson. The Rivers state Governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, had said he would have absolutely nothing to make with the then Bayelsa State helmsman. Instead, Wike firmly insisted that the best thing for Dickson to do was to resign from the PDP so that PDP leaders in Bayelsa State can restore the party. “I am not going to sit down with anybody to discuss anything as it relates to Governor Dickson. I have no business with Governor Dickson,” he had stated.
Wike implicated Dickson of dealing with the opposition APC in Rivers state throughout the 2019 governorship election. “They know that Governor Dickson betrayed and sold out the party. They know that during the 2019 election in Rivers State, what happened in the state. That Dickson worked with my opponent. Throughout that period, the National Chairman himself knows that people were calling from all over the country to know the situation. Dickson never called one day. This was because of his alignment with the opposition. I can show proof that Dickson had already made up his mind to go over to APC,” he declared
On his part, Dickson had implicated Wike, of performing “a clandestine ethnic supremacist agenda” to weaken the interest of Ijaw people in the politics of Rivers State. He stated part of Wike’s political plot was to fan the coals of hatred in between the Ijaw people in Rivers and their kith and kin in Bayelsa State with a to stire of disharmony in Ijaw land. He criticised Wike for utilising the challenged Soku oil wells in between the two states as a pure deception to accomplish his interest.
Dickson kept in mind that the Rivers guv was highlighting the Soku oil wells conflict as a tactic to develop disunity amongst the Ijaw ethnic citizenship and likewise cover “the deliberate underdevelopment of Rivers Ijaw communities” by pretending to be their champ. He more explained Wike’s comments as “reckless, childish and uncivilised,” worrying that the Rivers guv should have understood that the conflict over the Soku oil wells preceded his (Wike’s) administration.
But dependable sources within the camp of the former Bayelsa guv validated continuous relocations by Dickson to fix up with Wike. “Dickson, as the leader of the PDP in Bayelsa, will o anything in the interest of the party. He is a politician who understands how to promote common interest over and above personal interest. He has made it clear that the need to rebuild the party in Bayelsa and ensure that it remains in government must be pursued vigorously by all and sundry. He is ready to make peace with anybody and everybody to achieve this,” our source declared.
APC demands fresh surveys in Bayelsa
The National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asking it to conduct new surveys in Bayelsa State.
Oshiomhole, in the February 14, 2020 petition resolved to the INEC Chairman stated that the Supreme Court, in its ruling on the Bayelsa governorship election petition “did not void the votes that our party polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the All Progressives Congress must be reckoned with in determining whether any other candidate polled majority of lawful votes cast in on one-quarter of at least two-thirds majority of the state.”
He included: “We have reviewed the judgment of the Supreme Court, we are of the firm opinion that the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party cannot be issued Certificates of Return and sworn in as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.”