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Sen. Douye Diri
Sen. Douye Diri
Governor Bayelsa State

Sen. Douye Diri a businessman. He is also a Nigerian politician who is serving as the current Governor Of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

Douye Diri is a businessman, politician, lawmaker and the current Governor of Bayelsa State.

Douye Diri is a businessman, politician, lawmaker and the current Governor of Bayelsa State. He was born on June 4, 1959 into the family of He is a son to A.J.M Diri of Kalama-Owinari. He hails from Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.


Diri started his basic education at Okoro Primary School Sampou and moved on to Rev. Proctor Memorial Primary School Kaima where he earned his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1977.

He obtained his West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) certificate from the Government Secondary School, Odi in 1981.

Diri attended the College of Education in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, where he obtained his Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1985.

He later attended the University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, and obtained his Bachelor of Education degree in Political Science in 1990.


Before joining politics, Senator Douye started his career as a teacher and taught in several Government Schools in the Rural Area in the Old Rivers State.

He is the First National Organizing Secretary of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the foremost organization of the Ijaw Nation.

He was also appointed Executive Secretary, Centre for Youth Development in Bayelsa State from 2000 to 2002 during the tenure of the First Executive Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

He was later appointed as Commissioner for Youth and Sports 2005/2006 during the Goodluck Jonathan administration in Bayelsa State.

Diri served as the governing council board member of the University of Maiduguri from 200 to 2012.

He equally served as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Disciplinary Council, Bayelsa State in 2012.

He was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House from August 2012 and a year later was appointed as Principal Executive Secretary, a position he held until he resigned in 2014 to contest for the House of Representatives seat to represent kolokuma, Opokuma, and Yenagoa Federal Constituency. He won the election in 2015. His legislative interests are in environment and communications.

He was the senator representing Bayelsa Central senatorial district of Bayelsa state at the Nigerian 9th National Assembly.

He emerged winner of the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State on the 4th of September, 2019, when the Governor Darius Ishaku-led PDP Bayelsa State Governorship Primary Committee conducted the exercise at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.

He was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa.

On 13 February 2020, the Supreme Court of Nigeria invalidated the results of the 2019 Bayelsa State gubernatorial elections on grounds that the running mate of the actual winner of the election, David Lyon, submitted fake certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission. The court ordered Diri to be issued a certificate of return, which would make him governor-elect.

On 14 February 2020, he was sworn-in as the governor of Bayelsa State.