Bight Newspaper reports that the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri has called on members of the opposition parties not to breach the peace and security ahead of the November 11 governorship election.

The governor made the call on Sunday at the dedication of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Ofoni in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, which was built by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

The governor, who was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Gloria Diri, noted that his administration was anchored on peace and development without which meaningful prosperity would not be possible.

He enjoined people of the state to sustain the prevailing peace and stability before, during and after the poll, maintaining that peace was a precondition for the development and growth of any society.

Diri also commended his deputy for
building a sanctuary for God, saying that his investment in God’s vineyard will attract manifold divine blessings upon him and the Ewhrudjakpo family.

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His words: “Today, we are all happy because we are dedicating this house built by my deputy to God. A lot of people would have had a plan to build a house like this. But it takes God to say ‘my son or my daughter’, build a house for me.

“So, for you to have built this house, it means God Himself gave you the grace to do so. God wants to dwell here. So, as humans we have no reasons to desecrate this place.”

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo expressed appreciation to God for giving him the grace to start and complete the building of a place for Christian worship.

He equally thanked the governor, government officials and other guests who joined him to dedicate the church building to God.

Catholic Bishop of Bomadi Diocese, Most Reverend Dr Hyacinth Egbebo, commended the deputy governor, Senator Ewhrudjakpo for building a house of God and impacting positively on many lives.

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Most Reverend Egbebo prayed God to bless Senator Ewhrudjakpo’s selfless efforts in serving God and humanity and urged others to emulate him, stressing that those who give to God never lacks.

He equally gave kudos to Senator Douye Diri and his team, noting that they had done fairly well in the development of the state citing the construction of the three senatorial roads and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Bishop Egbebo also used the opportunity to remind the congregants that their bodies symbolize the temple of God and advised them to live uprightly in order for the holy spirit to dwell in them.

Wife of the deputy governor, Mrs Beatrice Ewhrudjakpo read the first lesson at the service which was taken from the book of Nehemiah 8:2-10.


Dignitaries at the event were the National Assembly members including the Senator representing Bayelsa Central, Senator Konbowei Benson, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, and other members of the House, State Chief Judge, Justice Matilda Ayemieye, President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Daniel Ayah, and other judges of the state High Court.

Others included the National Financial Secretary of PDP, Dr Woyengikuro Daniel, state chairman of the party, Mr Solomon Aguanana, Commissioners, Special Advisers local government and RDA chairmen, other top government functionaries, service commanders as well as traditional rulers, including the Chairman, State Traditional Rulers Council, King Bubaraye Dakolo.


Other photos from the event, see here below:


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