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Bayelsa Guber: Governor Diri Warns Against Proliferation of Illegal Uniformed Groups

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YENAGOA, Nigeria – Douye Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa State, has warned against the activities of unauthorized uniformed groups aiming to disrupt the state’s governorship election on November 11, 2023.

Senator Diri admonished these groups to desist from their plans or be prepared to face the consequences.

This warning comes amidst rumors that some politicians intend to arm young individuals in acquired uniforms to incite violence during the election.

The Governor made this announcement during a service of songs honoring the late APC chieftain, Chief Nestor Binabo, formerly a Speaker of the House of Assembly and Acting Governor.

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Governor Diri, conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, emphasized that Bayelsa is no longer a battleground for electoral disputes.

He praised the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, by INEC, highlighting its role in rendering electoral violence, thuggery, and ballot box snatching obsolete.

The Governor held up the late Binabo as a beacon of peaceful politics, urging his contemporaries to emulate his non-violent approach.

He stated, “The era of political violence in Bayelsa needs to end. The BVAS has made violent methods outdated, and those wishing to lead should not terrorize their potential constituents. Anyone wanting to wear a military uniform should consider joining the armed forces.”

Senator Diri stressed the importance of positive leadership and genuine public service as the way forward, warning against deteriorating into a situation like the one currently in the Niger Republic.

Chief Werinepre Seibarugu, also a former Acting Governor, remembered the late Binabo fondly, highlighting their cooperative professional relationship.

During the sermon, Pastor Living Joshua encouraged attendees to leave lasting positive legacies and to prepare for the afterlife.

He advised against selecting leaders whose goals are contrary to Christian values, given Bayelsa’s predominantly Christian population.

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