Douye Diri (born on June 4th, 1959) is a Nigerian politician and the senator representing Bayelsa Central senatorial district of Bayelsa State at the Nigerian 9th National Assembly and gubernatorial standard-bearer of the PDP for Bayelsa state November 2019 Elections.
He was born into the family of A.J.M Diri of Kalama-Owinari compound of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. He is a businessman, politician, and lawmaker currently representing Yenagoa/Kolokuna/Opokuma Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives.
Douye Diri Education & Early Life
Douye began his education at Okoro Primary School Sampou and moved on to State School Kaima (now Rev. Proctor Memorial Primary School Kaima) where he earned his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1977. He thereafter enrolled at Government Secondary School Odi, in Bayelsa, where he was appointed Dining Hall Prefect and passed the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) in 1981.
He thereafter proceeded to the College of Education in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state where he obtained his Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1985. He thereafter attended the University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State and obtained his Bachelors of Education degree in Political Science in 1990.
Douye Diri Career
Douye began his career in the teaching profession and taught in several Government Schools in the Rural Area in the Old Rivers State. After leaving the education section, he moved to politics.
He was appointed 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 D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha.
He was later appointed as Commissioner for Youth and Sports 2005/2006 during Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in Bayelsa State. He became governing Council Board member university of Maiduguri from 2008-2012.
Hon. Douye was appointed Chairman of the People’s 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 signed in 2014 to contest for the Federal House of Representatives to represent Kolokuma, Opokuma, and Yenagoa Federal Constituency. He won the election in 2015. His legislative interests are in environment and communications.
Douye Diri Personal Life
Douye Diri is married and a Christian. On September 3rd, 2019, Douye won the PDP gubernatorial primary election in Bayelsa state to proceed as the party’s flag bearer for the governorship election of Bayelsa, with 561 votes.