Friday, 2 October 2015


You may call it a drama, but not when a former honorable member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Mr. Jonathan Obuebite stood up in the presence of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, the Deputy Governor, Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah Rtd., the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson Friday, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Allison Oguru, and other very important key officers of the Restoration Administration, amongst whom were Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo, the Chief of Staff Government House, Hon. Fyneman Wilson, Special Adviser to the Governor on Political matters, Chief Fred Agbedi, the Director General of Dickson for Governor Contunuity Campaign Organization, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Dan Kikile Esueme, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso and Mr. Jonathan Obuebite himself, that is the head of the media in the said  Campaign Organization and others. Those other important government officials not mentioned should not take it as a slight, please.
It was on the 2nd of October, yesterday, when some Organizations were called to a meeting with the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Dickson. The first to attend, was his administration's transparency briefing, and another meeting with media groups . It was a long period of waiting before it came to the turn of the Bayelsa Federated Newspaper Publishers Association [BAFENPA], of which I, the Publisher of the Golden Pen Newspaper am a member to enter the Executive Chamber to meet with the governor.
As we got into the chamber, and were seated and as the governor started to speak, Mr. Jonathan suddenly jumped up to the center of the floor and said; "Your Excellency, before this meeting could go on, the Publisher of Golden Pen Newspaper, Chief Evans Tubonah must go out." Everybody, including the governor were surprised at the outburst of the former Nembe Constituency 1, Lawmaker.
When asked why?, he said: 'because,  the Publisher of Golden Pen is a delegate of the APC." 
Then I knew that the former lawmaker is a pathological liar, a dangerous liar who can do anything to propel his political cause. I, challenged, Mr. Obuebite and called him a liar, I said to him, 'you are a liar, I was not APC delegate." At that point, the SSA Media, Mr. Alfred Egbegi was coming to excuse me out of the chamber when the governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson waded in and  said, NO!, I should stay, after saying: 'Yes!, I have been reading their papers, I read a lot of them, yes, Golden Pen has been too critical, but they should try and balance their reports in subsequent publications, his being here will spoil nothing, let him stay."  With that outing by the governor, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite was disappointed, in his evil plan to use his privileges to undo me. For that, Golden Pen and[BAFENPA] thank the governor for uprightness, as a Lawyer knowing that in practical democracy and in line with our Constitution, Mr. Obuebite's accusation does not translate to my guilt.
After, that distraction by Mr. Obuebite, we had a peaceful deliberation with the governor.
The Chairman of the Bayelsa Federated Newspaper Publishers Association [BAFENPA], Mr. Ayebaitari Easterday  led the delegation of the Publishers, who are the opinion leaders of the state.
Golden Pen however gathered that there was another man who instigated Obuebite to embark on the negative adventure to embarrass the Publisher in particular and the Association in General.
It is however important and indeed, very important, to tell the public the truth, that I was at the APC Governorship Primaries held at the APC Secretariat in the State, to cover the event on behalf of my medium, the Golden Pen Newspaper. It was not only Golden Pen that attended the event, but almost all media houses, from electronic, to print, and social media were all there, and all those of the media, including myself had our media tags on us, as our identity. No Journalist wearing the media accreditation tag was also a delegate, neither was I, therefore what Mr. Obuebite said of Golden Pen is a Big Lie.

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