Alamieyeseigha Buried Amid Heavy Downpour In Bayelsa, Gov. Wike, Others Absent

The remains of the first civilian governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha were on Saturday laid to rest in his hometown of Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa amidst heavy downpour and eulogies.

The former governor died on October 10, 2015, of high blood pressure-related ailment at the  University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State and was buried in a gold-plated casket in a high class funeral ceremony that was well attended by top politicians.

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Notable politicians and personalities that attended the funeral were former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience; Governor Seriake Dickson and his wife, Rachael; and the National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Sen. Modu Sheriff.

Others were Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; former Governor of Akwa Ibom State,  Sen. Godswill Akpabio;  Senator representing Bayelsa Central, Emmanuel Paulker; former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame; Senator representing Delta South, James Manager; Niger Delta activist,  Ann Kio Briggs;  Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, John Jonah and his Delta counterpart,  Kingsley Otuaro; among others.

However, other top Niger Delta governors and statesmen such as Governors of Rivers, Nyesom Wike; Edo, Adams Oshiomhole; Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel; and Cross River, Prof. Ben Ayade, former Governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva;  former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission,  Timi Alaibe;  Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heinekein Lokpobiri; were absent.

The ceremony was however marred by the heavy rain as attendees and eyewitnesses who assembled at Amassoma to pay their tribute to the Late Alamieyeseigha had to run helter-skelter to seek refuge from the rains, which was unrelenting.

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