Bayelsa State Governor, H.E. Senator Douye Diri, delivered a heartfelt address to the citizens of Bayelsa after being declared the winner of the November 11, 2023, governorship election. In a speech resonating with humility and gratitude, Governor Diri emphasized his commitment to being a leader for all, irrespective of political affiliations.
The governor commenced his address by acknowledging the role of the Almighty and the overwhelming support from the people, attributing his victory to divine grace and the citizens’ trust in his government. He expressed deep humility in receiving the mandate to serve for another four years.
“I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who cast their vote in my favor and entrusted me with the responsibility of leading our beloved state,” Governor Diri stated.
He extended immense gratitude to the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the campaign team, and supporters for their tireless efforts in spreading the message of progress and unity throughout Bayelsa State. Governor Diri urged temperance in celebration, highlighting the inclusive nature of the victory and the collective will of the people for progress.
The governor reiterated his commitment to being the governor for all in Bayelsa State, acknowledging the participation and dissent of those who voted differently, stating, “Even those who cast their votes differently enriched our democratic practice by their participation and dissent. I reaffirm that I will continue to be the governor of all in Bayelsa State.”
Governor Diri expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for providing a conducive environment for a free, fair, and credible election. He commended security agencies for professionalism, hard work, and ensuring security during the electoral process. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also received appreciation for discharging its responsibility creditably.
The governor thanked former President Goodluck Jonathan, his predecessor, Sen. Henry Dickson, and various political figures for their support. In particular, he acknowledged the presence and moral support of leaders such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and others.
While celebrating the democratic participation of the people, Governor Diri recognized the challenges faced during the electoral process. He condemned attempts by some political actors to undermine the will of the people through violence, thuggery, and intimidation. The governor expressed deep condolences to those affected by brutal attacks, loss of life, injuries, and harassment during the election.
Governor Diri pledged consequences for those involved in election-related violence and highlighted the tragedy of innocent lives sacrificed for political gain. He particularly mourned the murder of a young man, Berepelenyo George Sibo, in Twon-Brass, emphasizing the importance of maintaining peace and respect for human life during and after elections.
In conclusion, Governor Diri extended his deepest gratitude to the people of Bayelsa State, accepting their mandate with humility. He assured them of his continued dedication to serving with integrity, transparency, and a commitment to prosperity for all in Bayelsa State.