Bayelsa: Showdown in the Creeks


SOUTHERN Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State will again be on the spot light tomorrow as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC conducts the rescheduled supplementary governorship election in the area.

Though the exercise is also slated to hold in 101 units across six local government areas of the state, Southern Ijaw council is no doubt the battle ground for the two leading parties, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressive Congress, APC and  it will decide who governs the state for another four years.

Described as one of the biggest local government areas in the state, Southern Ijaw also has one of the most difficult terrains in the Niger Delta. Most of its communities are far flung and could only be accessed by water.

The few communities in the council that could be reached by road are Amassoma, Igebiri and, of late, Ayama, courtesy of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration, which resuscitated the long abandoned Central senatorial district project.

The road, designed to link council headquarters and its adjoining communities close to the Atlantic coast in the council area to mainland Yenagoa, has reached Ayama.

Its vast swathe swamp of rivers, creeks and rivulets and dense mangrove vegetation has made effective policing of the area a herculean task for the security agencies. The area is also known for having the highest number of militant camps at the height of militancy in the Niger Delta.