That the supreme court has sacked David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was declared winner of the November 2019 governorship election in the Bayelsa State is a stale news to many.
And that today, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state is also trending so well in the media space. But what many have failed to write about is the story of the main man who caused this political storm to his party and the Governor Elect.
The man behind the whole drama is no one than Degi Eremienyo. This man who was the running mate to David Lyon was said to have forged his certificates.
It was alleged that there was no connection between the name on the candidate’s school-leaving certificate, first degree (BA), master’s degree and the affidavits he swore. But who is Degi Eremienyo?
Here is his profile as found on the internet.
Born 60 years ago in Wangaghakiri, a fishing settlement founded by his late father, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa state. Formative years were characterized by family discipline, hard work, perseverance and faith.
Through determination and the special grace of GOD, was able to complete primary, secondary and the university education. Obtained a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Extension, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration and management – both from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. A Chartered Human resource manager, and Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management.
Worked with the defunct PAN AFRICAN BANK. Became a councilor in 1990, under the option A-4 Open Ballot System; elected, first as Vice-Chairman, and subsequently as Chairman of Nembe local Government council in 1999. Adjudged as the best performing chairman in 2001, based on assessment by the office of the Deputy Governor (Dr Goodluck Jonathan, at that time)
Honorable Commissioner of Local Government, Rural Development and Chieftaincy Affair; commissioner of health in Bayelsa state. The School Medicine, Niger Delta University and the School of Nursing, Tombia, received accreditation while serving as Commissioner for Health.
Member of the Governing Board of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (2008) several Bayelsans were employed; Executive Director, Human Resource and Administration of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). Embarked upon several policy reforms and quality projects. Several Bayelsan also got employed. Mbiama-Yenagoa road was dualized, while other critical roads were maintained. The state headquarters of the agency was built in Yenagoa.
The Head Chief of the Eremienyo House in Bassambiri; Chief Executive of Bio-Wamart Nigeria Limited; An anointed man of God who believes in peace, love and oneness of the human family. A senator of the federal republic of Nigeria representing Bayelsa state East Senatorial District, under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC); Happily married with children.