2023 Bayela governorship poll: I won’t spill blood to retain seat – Diri


The governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, has said he will not spill blood to retain his office ahead of the governorship election scheduled to hold on November 11, 2023.

Governor Diri  stated this at Ogbolomabiri after assessing the security situation in neighbouring Bassambiri in Nembe local government area of the state Saturday.

Men of the police Strategic Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) team and some non-state actors in military camouflage on August 12 invaded Bassambiri community on the orders of the Acting Inspector General of Police.

Some persons suffered gunshot injuries as a result of the invasion while many others were displaced.

Addressing the displaced Bassambiri indigenes at the King Koko Square at Ogbolomabiri, the governor said anyone who sacrifices the lives of the people in order to gain political power does not deserve to lead the state.

In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Sunday, Diri expressed concern over the health and welfare of the displaced people, noting that every life in Bassambiri or Ogbolomabiri was important to him.

He reassured them that his administration will do everything humanly possible to restore peace and order in the Nembe communities.

The Bayelsa helmsman urged leadership of the Nembe-Se Congress to do more in uniting the people, adding that every Nembe man or woman was one and the same irrespective of linage. 

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