The three days curfew imposed in Bayelsa following the violent protests is likely to be reviewed as the new governor, Senator Douye Diri settles down to work after his swearing in last Friday.
Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was inaugurated as the fifth governor of Bayelsa State, amid violent protests by supporters of David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had declared Diri winner of the Bayelsa governorship election yesterday after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Lyon, barely 24 hours to his inauguration.
Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kate Abiri, administered the oath of office on Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor.
The inauguration ceremony was moved from the Samson Siasia stadium for security reasons, following protests that erupted in the morning.
The ceremony, which took place at the Government House, Yenagoa, was met with huge celebration among the party supporters, who thronged the Creek House in their thousands.
Speaking during the event, Diri declared that he would always work to achieve peace, love and prosperity for the people.
He described the swearing in day, as “a day made by God” which he said is “marvelous in the eye of the people of Bayelsa.”
He said: “I have been sworn in today as your new governor. My advice is that we have to be magnanimous in victory. We have to forget the bitterness, and the acrimony, because if we kill ourselves, who are we going to lead? Of course, we are not going lead animals.
“I, therefore bring to you a message of love, hope and prosperity for Bayelsa. Let us eschew all the bitterness and acrimony and learn to love ourselves irrespective of political parties.”
The ceremony was attended by governors of Oyo and Bauchi states, Seyi Makinde and Bala Muhammad respectively.