Biography of Diri Duoye, Career and personal life

Diri Duoye was born on 14th June, 1959 in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. He is a Nigerian Politician and businessman. He is a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Duoye became governor after the Supreme Court nullified the election of David Lyon of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Educational Background

Duoye attended Okoro Primary School Sampou then to Rev. Proctor Memorial Primary School Kaima (then State school Kaima) where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1977.

In 1981, Duoye obtained his Secondary School Leaving Certificate from Government Secondary School Odi. He obtained his Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) at the College of Education in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state in 1985.

In 1990, Duoye obtained a degree in Political Science from the University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.


Diri Duoye started his career as a teacher. He taught in various government schools in old Rivers State.

In the year 2000, he became the First National Organizing Secretary of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the foremost organization of the Ijaw Nation.
Executive Secretary, Centre for Youth Development in Bayelsa State. A position he held till 2002.

In 2005, he was appointed the Commissioner for Youth and Sports. He held the position till 2006. He was the Council Board member university of Maiduguri from 2008-2012.

In 2012, Duoye was appointed Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Disciplinary Council in Bayelsa State and later the Deputy Chief of Staff. He served as the Principal Executive Secretary from 2013-2014.

In 2014, Duoye picked the nomination form to represent Yenagoa, Kolokuna and Opokuma Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives. He won the 2015, gubernatorial election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In 2018, Duoye picked up nomination form to run for Bayelsa State Governor under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He lost to David Lyon but emerged as governor of Bayelsa state after Supreme Court disqualified David Lyon

Court Sacks Bayelsa State Governor Elect

On 13th February 2020, a five man panel led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili nullified the election of David Lyon, a day before his swearing in as governor of Bayelsa State.

The Supreme Court nullified the election of David Lyon over the submission of fake certificate by his supposed deputy governor Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
The Supreme Court further ordered that the candidate with the next highest vote be sworn in as governor. Thus Diri Duoye of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be sworn in as the next governor of Bayelsa State.

Court Sacks Diri Duoye as Governor 

On 17th August, 2020, an election tribunal sacked Diri Duoye as the governor of Bayelsa State. 

According to reports, a three man panel led by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was wrong to have excluded Advance National Democratic Party (ANDP), in the November 2019 elections. 

Justice Yunusa Musa while delivery the judgement, ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election within 90 days. 

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