24 June 2011
RELATIVE peace has returned to Bayelsa the only homogenous [?] Ijaw-speaking state in the federation regarded as the flashpoint of the troubled Niger Delta region.
Anxiety and fears that the 2011 general election would be bloody given the fierce rivalry between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) as well as the series of violent skirmishes that rocked the political landscape in the build up to the 2011 polls were doused by the Court of Appeal verdict that governorship election will not hold in Bayelsa and four other states.
The court ruling though a political tsunami for the opposition parties could be described as a temporary victory for the PDP, which went ahead to consolidate its dominance in the predominantly riverine state.
With the governorship election postponed the sail was taken off the wind of the opposition parties, leaving their army of supporters demoralised.
Consequently, the ruling PDP had a roller coaster ride by clinching virtually all the seats leaving the Labour Party, KOWA Party and Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) to share the three remaining slots apiece.