Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Ex-governors storm Bayelsa to mourn Alamieyeseigha

By News Express on 06/11/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,399

Former governors under the aegis of ‘Class of ’99’ on Thursday in Yengoa, commiserated with the people of Bayelsa State following the death of their colleague and first governor of the state, Chief Diepreye S.P. Alamieyeseigha.

They specifically commended Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for following the footsteps of Alamieyeseigha in strengthening the dominant position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and sustaining the Niger Delta struggle in the state.

A former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, who led the delegation conveyed the condolences of the group, which comprises former governors who served the country from the inception of the present democratic dispensation in 1999.

Other members of the delegation include ex-governors Achike Udenwa (Imo State), Boni Haruna (Adamawa) and Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom).

They later paid a similar visit to the deceased family

Igbinedion expressed sadness over the passage of the Governor-General of the Ijaw nation, describing him as a fearless fighter who vehemently championed the struggle of true democracy and resource control in the country alongside other Niger Delta governors, which culminated in the emergence of a South-Southerner, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as a President of Nigeria.

He said that although the demise of their former colleague has created a vacuum in Bayelsa, the Niger Delta and the country at large, those who believe in the political philosophy and ideals should not only take solace in the legacies he has bequeathed but also sustain them for the benefit of posterity.

In this regard, he lauded Governor Dickson for exhibiting some of the leadership qualities of Chief Alamieyeseigha especially in the area of promoting the interest of the Ijaw and Niger Delta people within the context of the larger Nigerian nation.

Chief Igbinedion also commended the Bayelsa State Government for the steps taken so far to give its former governor a befitting burial and assured the governor of the group’s readiness to participate fully in the final rites of passage.

He said: “This democracy we are enjoying today is as a result of the solid foundation that the Class of 99 laid. No matter what anybody says without a solid foundation no building can stand for this long. DSP Alamieyeseigha was in the forefront of that struggle for true democracy, true federalism and fiscal responsibility, and above all, the struggle for the Niger Delta.

“But I am glad that you are carrying on the struggle and representing what we stood for then because you have not given up the fight, and I believe until we reach that Promised Land, we can be responsible for our own resources, where we can give testimony for what we use our resources for our people. We have not arrived, but at least we have started.”

Responding, Governor Dickson expressed appreciation to the delegation and all Nigerians for their show of love and concern over the sad incident, noting that the visit would further strengthen the government, the bereaved family and people of the state.

Dickson said the state government and other stakeholders were still consulting with the Alamieyeseigha family on how best to honour the late Ijaw leader even at death, adding that the date and other relevant details about the burial would be transmitted to the group to enable them participate in it.

•Photo shows late Alamieyeseigha.

Source News Express

Posted 06/11/2015 04:32:12 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
Thunderstorm kills undergraduate

Labour marches against corruption, throws weight behind Lamorde...

Exodus hits Maiduguri, Munguno following Boko Haram attacks...

Nigerian businessman killed in South Africa

FG lambasts PDP for dismissing abduction and release...

2016 Budget defence: Lawmakers walk out SGF, FRSC...

APGA South senatorial ticket: Many rivers to cross...

Why China is important to Nigeria —Udoma

UPP accuses APC of planning to rig Anambra...

FG approves 10-year validity for passport

Air Peace passenger steals N1m on board flight,...

Resident doctors in Kogi join national protest


Latest News World Igbo Congress endorses Atiku/Peter Obi ticket •Says Obi a miracle worker Boko Haram may soon kill Leah Sharibu, health workers — Red Cross EFCC operatives trail Fayose Travel ban: We have not released any list — Presidency Forget 2019 Presidency, Save Lagos Group tells Buhari Wike declares support for Atiku 2019: PDP South East caucus, MASSOB okay Atiku/Obi ticket Falana to Buhari: Withdraw travel ban on 50 Nigerians ‘without any delay’ INEC under pressure to return Zakari to operations Amnesty office dismisses reports, says not owing graduands under scholarship at Benson Idahosa University Over 15 cultists denounce membership in Enugu Aba fuel explosion: Tension over fresh pipeline leakage


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (406,329 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (382,055 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (314,419 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (256,228 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (237,138 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,145 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (203,885 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (185,367 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (169,886 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (165,748 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,311 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,148 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (67) Business & Economy (3,679) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (945) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (558) Features (658) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,529) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,613) Opinion (1,122) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,210) Religion (880) Sports (1,730) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


Zenith Zero Balance

NLNG Expression of Interest banner

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner




Fulham vs Arsenal 1-5 All Goals & Extended Highlights


APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera