Hon. Fredrick Teitiemone Agbedi was born on February 20, 1960, in the rustic, coastal community of Aghoro in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the old Rivers State. He is an educationist, an astute politician and grassroots mobiliser, who rose to become the Member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
He attended State School, Aghoro for his elementary education. He thereafter gained admission to Oproza Grammar School in Patani. The young Agbedi later bagged the National Certificate in Education (NCE) from the College of Education, Warri in Delta State, majoring in English and History.
In his quest to further improve himself, Agbedi enrolled for the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) programme in English from the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State. Much later, he put in for a Masters (M.Sc) programme in Public Administration from the University of Abuja.
He held a couple of positions of responsibility while in the Teaching Service until he decided he had had enough and resigned his appointment in the mid-80s to pursue a different career path in private business.
He is one of the founding fathers of Bayelsa State. At the rather young age of about 35, he was part of the high-powered delegation of prominent Ijaws that lobbied the Mbanefo Panel for state creation during the agitations for more states to be created in Nigeria.
Agbedi veered in the murky waters of politics in 1992 when he joined the National Republican Convention (NRC), one of the two government-midwifed political parties. The other party being the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He quickly rose to become the secretary of the party in his home local government area of Ekeremor. He contested and won election into the House of Representatives in 1992 but it lasted only for a year as the two political parties, along with other democratic institutions such as the National Assembly, were all dissolved, following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
As part of preparations for return to civil rule in 1999, Agbedi joined the newly-registered United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1998. He sought the party’s nomination to contest the Bayelsa West Senatorial seat but lost at the party primary election.
He later joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party immediately identified his worth and engaged him in various capacities. He was Secretary to the PDP National Committee on Supervising, Monitoring and Conduct of Congresses/Conventions in 2001 in Abia State. Being the relentless fighter that he is, Agbedi contested the party’s primary for the Bayelsa West Senatorial District in 2002 and again, lost.
Agbedi was elected chairman of PDP in Bayelsa State in 2005 during Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure as governor. It was Agbedi, who in 2007, led the PDP campaign team that brought Chief Timipre Sylva as governor of Bayelsa State in 2007.
In the same year, Bayelsa Governor, then, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, who was Vice President-elect, appointed Agbedi as a member of the Transition Committee to hand over power to the new governor, Timipre Sylva.
In 2011, he attempted becoming governor under the PDP but was unsuccessful. In 2012, he was appointed as Campaign Director General by Seriake Dickson and Agbedi delivered. He was appointed D-G of Campaign Council again in 2015 during Dickson’s second tenure, and again, Agbedi led the party and Dickson to success. In appreciation, Dickson appointed him Special Adviser on Political Matters in 2012.
Agbedi however resigned the appointment in 2014 when he was preparing to give the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency seat of the House of Representatives, another shot. He defeated Stella Dorgu in the primary before his efforts were eventually crowned when he won the main election, to return to the House of Representatives. In 2019, he re-contested and again won, making him a ranking member of the House.
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In 2019, Agbedi attempted another shot at the Bayelsa governorship and again he lost at the primary, which was won by incumbent governor, Senator Douye Diri. Since then, the Aghoro-born politician has been doing what he knows how to do best — the business of law making.
Hon. Fredrick Teitiemone Agbedi, the educationist, astute politician, grassroots mobiliser and gentleman parliamentarian, was 62 on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Nigerdeltaconnect joins his family, friends and associates in wishing him a happy birthday and many fruitful years ahead.