The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bayelsa State Chapter, said it has noted “with grave concern the activities of the Chairmen of the three local government areas of Ekeremor, Sagbama and Kolokuma/Opokuma and their desperate attempt to undermine the peace of the LGAs under their care. It has come to our notice that the Chairmen are doing so with the active support and collaboration of some desperate politicians and power seekers who do not mean well for our dear state.
A statement by Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd) Chairman, PDP Bayelsa State Chapter
Said barely two months ago PDP in Bayelsa State waded into the matter concerning the three LGAs. “We took the decision because of several disturbing reports on the refusal of the Chairmen of the three local government areas to work with their respective Councilors.
“As a responsible party, we at the time decried the action of the Chairmen, particularly their refusal to work with the Councilors. The party advised the chairmen to work harmoniously with their councilors and not see their reinstatement by the Supreme Court as a call to exact vengeance.
“Sadly, rather than allow reason prevail, the said chairmen have chosen to embrace the path of self-destruction, apparently because they have long ceased dumped our great party and embraced little known Change Advocacy Party (CAP).
“Having found themselves in councils dominated by PDP-elected councilors, these chairmen have since discovered that they cannot be Sole Administrators from their shaky CAP platform. The point must be made clear that no sooner had the Chairmen been reinstated than they appointed their Vice Chairmen without recourse to the councilors, who are constitutionally empowered to ratify such appointments.
The party said the three council Chairmen must be made to understand that democracy at all levels runs on the time-tested Principle of Separation of Powers. They are not and cannot be imperial chairmen. The councilors, as legislators, should be allowed to do their job. The current crisis in the councils was solely the result of the reinstated chairmen trying to run their councils like emperors and the insistence of the legislators that the Constitution be obeyed.
“No one can question the rights of the councilors to investigate or impeach the chairmen if they so desire. They have such powers under the constitution. The resort to blackmail is not only cheap, but belated. As a Party that believes in Constitutionality, we insist that the right thing be done no matter whose ox is gored.”
More Report from Bayelsa:
Diezani, Alaibe, Daukoru,Others Named In Bayelsa Dev & Investment Advisory Council
(Press Statement) In fulfillment of Governor Dickson’s vision of diversifying the state’s economy beyond oil and gas, coupled with its drive to stimulate private sector participation and the need to attract capital, both local and foreign, a move which clearly informed the administration’s initiative to send a bill to the State House of Assembly establishing the BAYELSA DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT CORPORATION (BDIC), the Bayelsa State Government has after several months of painstaking consultation with major stakeholders and experts, formally constituted the Advisory Council, Board and Management of the as follows:
1. CHAIRMAN –
His Excellency, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson
2. Ambassador Professor Lawrence B. Ekpebu-Vice Chairman
(Chairman Fiduciary Board)-
3. Hon. Commissioner for Finance- Chief Duate Iyabi-Member
4. Hon. Commissioner for Trade and Investment-Chief Ayakeme
5. King Amalate Johnny Turner – Member
6. HRM King Edmund Maduabebe Daukoru
7. Ambassador (Dr) Godknows Boladei Igali
8. Chief Francis Doukpola
9. Dr. Daru Owei
10. Air Vice Marshall Samuel Atti (rtd)
11. Ambassador Emmanuel Oseimiegha Otiotio
12. Mrs. Diezani Allison-Maduaeke
13. HRM king Alfred Papapriye Diete- Spiff
14. Chief Albert K Horsfall
15. Chief Joshua B Fumudoh
16. Chief Anderson Eseimokumor
17. AVM Larry Koinyan
18. HRH Chief Ebitimi Banigo
19. Professor Turner T. Isoun
20. Mrs Jane Alek
21. Dr (Mrs) Georgina Ngeri-Nwagha
22. Dr Koripamo Agarry
Proposed Additional international Advisory Council Members yet to be confirmed (awaiting consent)
1. Mrs. Marie Nthebolan (MD Botswana Development Corporation)
2. MD, International Development Corporation (South Africa)
3. Chairman/MD, 1 Malaysia BERHARD
FIDUCIARY (MANAGEMENT) BOARD
1. Amb Professor Lawrence B.Ekpebu – Chairman
2. Chief Ndutimi Alaibe – Member
3. Ben Murray-Bruce – Member
4. Professor Steve Azaiki – “
5. Mr. Tek Koroye –
6. Dr.Godbless Azibapu Eruani – Member
7. Senator. David kobina Brigidi – “
8. Mr Mark Yuroki
9. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
10. Executive Director, Finance and Administration
11. Executive Director, Hard Assets
12. Executive Director, Strategic and Liquid Assets
2. Mrs. Funkazi Koroye-Crooks, General Counsel – Company
Secretary/ Director of International Liaison.
Bayelsa State, the place where oil was first discovered in commercial quantity is taking this initiative at this time to plan and evolve alternative sources to bolster the economy and ensure the steady and rapid development of the State in all ramifications.
The Advisory Council, Board and Management of the BAYELSA DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT CORPORATION (BDIC) are expected to be inaugurated during the special one year anniversary Transparency Briefing on Thursday, 14th of February, 2013.
Time is eleven O’clock in the morning
Venue is the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State
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