“It is difficult to comprehend the way my people love me. If something has not happened to you, you wouldn’t know. What went through my mind was that if half of my people could understand that (this) our leader is going through all this ordeal because of us, I would have been a fulfilled man”.
That was part of former governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha’s effusive speech to supporters that thronged Government House, Yenagoa,
Alams rode into Yenagoa in a black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), making sure to roll down his window so that the doubting Bayelsans would know for sure that he was back in town. Of course, the poor people besieged his small convoy, which quickly became a long motorcade, with okada motorcyclists joining in and hundreds of people on foot wading through ponds, creeks and rivers. All roads led to Government House. His deputy, Goodluck Jonathan (now VP), who was then Acting Governor, did not know what to do. He sheepishly went along with the charade, smiling for the cell phone cameras, hugging the thieves in the crowd and shaking the looting hands of many of Alams friends.
A couple of days earlier, Alams had reportedly disguised himself in a woman’s attire (what a beast-ful, sorry, beautiful woman he must have looked) and sneaked past the London Metropolitan Police who must have relaxed their security, thinking that an august guest like Alams would not attempt such a crude escape. But our crook took a train through the British Channel into
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was aghast. Here was a man they could not arrest because he enjoyed constitutional immunity from prosecution while in office and they were happy that the
To impeach Alams, Ribadu had to cart the legislators away to
His Ijaw people were beside themselves. What a travesty, they cried. This was a calculated attempt to rubbish the good image of the Ijaw Nation. Why was their son dragged through the international and national mud of corruption? Was he the only thief in town?
And because my Ijaw friends displayed such angst, I was beside myself! The Yorubas, again, ask you to pay attention to your child who is not in the laundry business, but brings home all kinds of clothes every day. If you press him hard enough, you will discover that he is stealing those clothes.
Of course, Alams was not a pauper when he became governor of
Alams did not live on the streets or in a shelter before becoming governor. He owned a couple of houses. But in the short time since he took over the mantle of governance in Bayelsa, Alams bought the