Alamesiegha

The remains of the first civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Solomon Peters Alamieyeiseigha was yesterday laid to rest at his country home, Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of the State.

Chief Alams as he was fondly called died on Saturday October 10, 2015 at the University of Port Harcout Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

Present at his Burial were former President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Patience, Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Alli Modu Sheriff; Acting BOT Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Jibril Aminu; Senator Godswill Akpabio; Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; a former governor of Jigawa State,  Alhaji Sule Lamido; former governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame among others.

Others include former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Senator James Manager, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, Professor Kimse Koko, Prof Lawrence Ekpebu, Senator Ibrahim Mantu,

Curiously, none of the Niger Delta State governors were present at the ceremony. The Deceased became popular and was dubbed the Governor-general of the region for championing the “Resource control” battle against former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He also led the implementation of the 13 per cent derivation.

In September 2005, Chief Alamieyeiseigha was detained in London on charges of money laundering. He jumped bail in December of the same year from the United Kingdom by allegedly disguising himself as a woman, a claim he denied severally. He was impeached on allegations of corruption by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly on December 9, 2005.

Author: Yemi Olarinre