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Bayelsa Certificate Scandal: Gov. Diri in Panic Mode as Chief of Staff Offers to Settle Opuamah

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The Chief of staff to governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state, Chief Benson Agadaga, has offered to reward the 2019 candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM), Mr. Vijah Opuamah with ‘Special Package’ if he drops the certificate forgery case against the governor.

Agadaga made the offer in a phone conversation, exclusively obtained by The Street Journal.

There have been several moves and appeals by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to make Opuama withdraw the case from the Tribunal.

He has been offered money and juicy appointments but he has declined all the offers.

The case against Diri
The Street Journal had earlier reported that Opuama dragged Gov. Diri and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewrujakpor to court over the inconsistency in the name on the certificates presented by Ewrujakpor during the elections.

Opuama alleged that Ewrujakpor was not qualified to contest the election and urged the court to declare his candidature null and void, which will automatically lead to the ouster of Gov. Diri as well.
Opuama said that the deputy governor submitted an affidavit containing false information to the electoral umpire, INEC.

He further claimed in his petition that Mr Diri’s deputy, Ewrujakpor, presented a forged university certificate and a forged exemption certificate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to INEC before the conduct of the election.

These documents had since been uploaded by The Street Journal alongside telephone conversations between Mr. Opuama and various PDP faithfuls luring the former with juicy promises in a bid to get him to drop the case at the tribunal.

There are fears in the camps of the PDP and Diri that the Court will remove the governor, the same way the governor-elect of the state, David Lyon and his deputy Degi Eremionyo were removed over the inconsistency in the certificates presented by Eremionyo.

Desperate Moves
In yet another desperate move to bribe Mr. Opuama, the Chief of Staff to Governor Diri of the PDP, told him that a package is available for him.

“I say make I come your house so that we can resolve everything because this forward and backward movement is not making sense. You know we are all one in Bayelsa and we are not supposed to fight each other. I decided to bring down myself on behalf of my people to contact you so that we can resolve everything. I know you’re in Abuja and you’ve spent a lot of money but still try to find a way to come to Yenegoa let’s see and talk.

“Don’t worry I’ll speak to my people, we will arrange something for you. In fact, we have a package for you. When we discuss and agree, we will hand it over to you. Do you understand,” he said on the telephone.

He also told Opuama that Mary Odili, a Justice of the Supreme Court and wife of PDP’s chieftain, Peter Odili, is working for them on the case.

“Another thing I wanted to tell you is that Justice Mary Odili and her people are working for us as you already know but there’s no need to involve her in this matter because we are all one. Just find a way to come over let’s settle and handover everything once and for all,” he added.

However, The Street Journal has not independently confirmed that the Honourable justice is working for Diri and his camp.

The latest telephone conversation between Mr. Benson and Mr. Vijah Opuamah:

Mr. Benson: Hello, how you dey?

Opuama: I’m fine

Mr. Benson: It’s me, Benson Agadaga. I say make I come your house so that we can resolve everything because this forward and backward movement is not making sense. You know we are all one in Bayelsa and we are not supposed to fight each other. I decided to bring down myself on behalf of my people to contact you so that we can resolve everything. I know you’re in Abuja and you’ve spent a lot of money but still try to find a way to come to Yenegoa let’s see and talk.

Opuama: Okay Sir.

Mr. Benson: Don’t worry I’ll speak to my people, we will arrange something for you. In fact, we have a package for you. When we discuss and agree, we will hand it over to you. Do you understand?

Opuama: Yes Sir.

Mr. Benson: So when do we expect you?

Opuama: I’ll get back to you

Mr. Benson: Another thing I wanted to tell you is that Justice Mary Odili and her people are working for us as you already know but there’s no need to involve her in this matter because we are all one. Just find a way to come over let’s settle and handover everything once and for all.

Opuama: No problem, I’ll get back to you.

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