- Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the Supreme Court's judgement on Bayelsa state governorship tussle
- The apex court sacked the state governor-elect, David Lyon hours before his swearing-in ceremony
- Supreme Court also ordered INEC to issue Certificate of Return to the candidate of PDP, Douye Diri
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the Supreme Court's judgement that sacked former Bayelsa state governor-elect, David Lyon.
Legit.ng reports that in a dramatic turn, the apex court sacked Lyon over alleged certificate forgery leveled against his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.
The Supreme Court had ruled that the offence committed by Degi-Eremieoyo affected the legitimacy of his joint ticket with Lyon.
In his reaction in a thread of tweets on Thursday, February 13, Atiku said he was happy that the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Douye Diri, was declared the duly elected governor of the state.
He said Diri had cause to visit him before the elections and received his blessings and counsel, adding that he was fully satisfied that the new governor has what it takes to make Bayelsa the glory of all lands.
"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," he said.
Atiku, therefore, congratulated Diri and his running mate, Lawrence Ewhrujakpor, adding that the Lords justices gave them another opportunity to show Nigerians that power belongs to the people.
He said: "I congratulate Senator Douye Diri and his running mate, Lawrence Ewhrujakpor. I also felicitate with the PDP. 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."
Atiku also called on the people of Bayelsa to make peace with the recent past and embrace the future together and get united in the mission to transform the state into a haven of peace and prosperity.
"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," he added.
"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," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the apex court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to the candidate with the next highest number of votes in the governorship election.
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