Following the series of events that led to his emergence as governor, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has given himself a nickname.
According to him, everybody including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gave up at a point. However, the party filed an application in court and had its hope only in the judiciary.
Diri told reporters in Abuja that he proclaimed himself a miracle governor.
He said, “I christen myself a miracle governor. He noted that the party was in the wilderness and a torturous journey, during the court proceedings as former governor-elect was reaffirmed governor “but here we are, a miracle governor.”
He further stated that “They attempted to use the so-called federal might to impose somebody on Bayelsa.”
“There were those who said there will be no governor in Bayelsa State. To the glory of God, Bayelsa State has a governor. I am indeed a miracle governor,” he declared.
Meanwhile, he said his administration is set to focus principally on re-energizing the economy of the state to make it more vibrant.
Having served under the leadership of the immediate past governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson, he stated that he needed not to be told where to start. According to Diri, his administration’s priority for the state is education.
However, speaking over the sack of David Lyon, Governor Diri said, “What we took to court was a case of false information. The onus was on him to prove how and why he had multiple names. We did not institute a case of forgery. It was a case of false information.”
Recall that Diri was sworn in as governor on February 14, 2020, following the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, David Lyon, and his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, by the Supreme Court over alleged discrepancies in Degi-Eremienyo’s name.
Diri further cautioned against violence in the state, describing it as an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
He said, “Nobody has a monopoly of violence. We will not be pushed to that. We have started with reconciliation. The Ijaw people are happy with the court judgement. Bayelsa is peaceful, contrary to the false impression some are creating.
“In spite of provocation, Bayelsa is peaceful. The 120,000 votes APC claimed to have got from Southern Ijaw was not more than 30,000 to 35,000.”