Diri Out-Performed Expectations In First Tenure — Suokiri

Former Special Adviser to the Bayelsa state governor on Inter-party relations, Dr Jackson Ebi Suokiri has said, the state governor, Senator Douye Diri performance in his first tenure was beyond the thinking and expectation of his critiques and citizens of the state.

He gave the assertion while speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, the state capital midweek on the backdrop of the recent dissolution of state cabinet and political appointments in the state by the Governor.

Suokiri hinted that while the governor has outperformed expectations of the masses, in his thoughts the greatest achievements of the governor was not only in infrastructural projects, but that within his first tenure in office, Governor Diri was able to revamp the security architecture of the state so that Bayelsa is now adjudged as one of the most peaceful and secured states in Nigeria.

Similarly, Suokiri has commended Governor Diri for the confidence he reposed on his as his former aide in his political bureau.

He said, he was glad to have worked with the governor in the past four years, noting that Diri is a man who believes in the capacity of his appointees and political associates, hence working with the state governor was a cherished opportunity.

The governor’s ex-aide who also rendered account of his stewardship hinted that his office and others in the political desk of the governor partnered in ensuring a smooth, cordial and harmonious relationship between the administration of the governor and opposition parties on one hand, while also ensuring same amongst opposition parties themselves in the state.


He noted that before the governor dissolved political appointments in the state recently, he was happy that while opposition parties could criticize government policies and actions, their criticism he noted were mostly constructive due to the positive performance of the governor in terms of project execution and the robust cordial working relationship which has come to exist between political parties in the state and the Governor Siri’s led Government.

Suokiri said: “Governor Douye Diri has surprised his critiques through his sterling performance in his first tenure. And I’m glad to have worked with him in his first tenure. I want to thank him for finding me worthy and capable to serve him in the capacity of Special Adviser Inter-Party.

“I’m so glad that before the governor dissolved political appointments in the state, we’re able to ensure a robust cordial working relationship between the government and other political parties in the state.

“Bayelsans should continue to have confidence in the ‘Prosperity Administration’ of Governor Douye Diri. I know and believe that the governor would do more for the state in his second term. Diri doesn’t play politics with the development of this state, Bayelsa”.

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