The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has commended the Supreme Court Judgement nullifying the election of David Lyon as governor of Bayelsa State.
The Court had on Thursday, sacked David Lyon and his deputy Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo as the governor-elect and deputy-governor of the state respectively.
A five-man panel of the Supreme court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state and issue a fresh certificate of return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which is the PDP candidate.
Reacting on his Twitter handle, Atiku wrote: “I received the verdict of the Supreme Court, declaring the candidate of the @OfficialPDPNig in the Bayelsa state gubernatorial elections, Senator Douye Diri, as the duly elected Governor of the state, with gladness.
“Senator Douye Diri had cause to visit with me before the elections and received my blessings and counsel. I am fully satisfied that he has what it takes to make Bayelsa the ‘glory of all lands’. His intellect, personality and character, are a credit to Bayelsa and the PDP.
“I congratulate Senator Douye Diri and his running mate, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrujakpor. I also felicitate with the @OfficialPDPNig. The Lords Justices have given us another opportunity to show Nigerians that power belongs to the people, and we must make good use of this opportunity.
“I call on all the people of Bayelsa to make peace with the recent past and embrace the future together, united in the mission to transform the state into a haven of peace and prosperity.
“Finally, I urge the Supreme Court to show consistency in its judgments & find the resolve to always deliver just-judgments no matter whose ox is gored. The people of Nigeria are behind the apex court in whatever they do to free themselves from the dominance of dictatorial forces.”