Ex-Bayelsa State Governor, Nestor Binabo

Death lays icy hand on Bayelsa Governor 

Death lays icy hand on Bayelsa Governor 

By Elem Kash

Ex-Bayelsa State Governor, Nestor Binabo

Bayelsa State, an oil-rich state in Nigeria’s South South geopolitical zone Thursday lost a governor.

The former governor who has been battling with a disease died in the early hours of Thursday at about 4.00am.

It is not clear what the nature of the disease that claimed his life was, but family sources said every effort made to save him proved abortive.

According to the son of the one-time Governor, Binabo Momos, his father, Nestor Binabo, could not make it alive even when he and other members of the family had expectations that he could pull through.

“I thought you’ll pull through, Dad. But God knows best”, Momos who shared the news of his father’s death on his WhatsApp status said.

Nestor K. Binabo, a politician and former teacher served as the acting Governor of Bayelsa State between January and February 2012.

He also served as Speaker as well as Deputy Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.

Binabo was a former member of the People’s Democratic Party. He died a member of the All Progressives Congress ,APC.

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State mourns Nestor Binabo

Meanwhile, Governor Douye Diri has expressed his heart felt condolence to the family of the bereaved.

Information reaching our news desk indicate that late Binabo began his political career in the Sagbama Local Council.

He was later elected to the Bayelsa State Assembly, and served as deputy speaker. In July 2010, he was elected speaker after his predecessor, Werinipre Seibarugo, was appointed deputy governor following the impeachment and removal of Peremobowei Ebebi.

He was elevated to the position of  acting Governor of Bayelsa State on the 27th of January 2012, after Timipre Sylva, along with four other governors nationwide, was removed by the Supreme Court.

During his brief tenure as acting governor, he fired several members of Sylva’s cabinet, and threatened legal action against Chevron in the wake of a high profile oil spill.

He left office on 14 February 2012, and was succeeded by Henry Dickson of the People’s Democratic Party.

Binabo eventually resigned as the speaker, citing the fact that both Dickson and himself were from the same senatorial district. He was succeeded by Kombowei Benson.

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