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Bayelsa governor describes Sylva’s disqualification as ‘answered prayer’ in election campaign closing remarks

Governor Douye Diri Cites Divine Response to Timipre Sylva's Previous Statements, Inaugurates Projects in Sagbama Local Government Area

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In the final leg of his election campaign in Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, expressed gratitude for what he termed the divine intervention that led to the disqualification of Chief Timipre Sylva from the list of governorship candidates for the November 11 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Governor Diri, seeking re-election on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, attributed Sylva’s exclusion to a Federal High Court ruling, stating that this development aligns with Sylva’s own pronouncements on Yenagoa-based radio stations last year. Diri recalled Sylva categorically, stating that the chapter on contesting the governorship of the state was closed for him.

During the campaign event in Ofoni community, Constituency 1, Governor Diri acknowledged the support of the community, particularly his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, and emphasized the importance of government bringing happiness to the people. He contrasted this philosophy with those who perceive themselves as emperors and others as slaves.

The governor inaugurated multiple projects in Sagbama Local Government Area, including internal roads, a motor park, a technical college, and a 10,000-seater pavilion in Ofoni. The campaign trail also visited Bolou-Orua, Ebedebiri, and Angalabiri, where various infrastructure projects were unveiled.

Deputy Governor Ewhrudjakpo urged the people to give the governor an overwhelming victory despite the opposition’s misstep in fielding an unqualified candidate. The PDP campaign included stops at Ogobiri, Okumbiri, Toru-Ebeni, Osiama, Akeddei, and Agoro in Sagbama Constituency 2, where additional projects were inaugurated, promising further development through the ongoing Toru-Ebeni road project.

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