- Senator Duoye Diri has extended a hand of friendship and reconciliation to all PDP defectors and APC members in Bayelsa state
- Diri said that it is time to make peace and achieve growth and progress in the state
- The senator in his speech on Thursday, February 13, said that no one is exempted in the search of development and unity in Bayelsa
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the last gubernatorial election in Bayelsa has called for the return of all members in the state who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Diri, in his reaction to the Supreme Court's verdict on the state, said that he is willing to extend a hand of friendship and reconciliation to all PDP members who deserted the party after the election, The Cable reports.
The senator said that what is important is building the state with the spirit of unity by all and sundry, irrespective of ethnic or political differences.
Diri stressed that Bayelsa, if it must grow, cannot continue to remain in disunity, and as such, called on every aggrieved person in the state to work together for progress.
He said: “Being in APC does not remove you as my brother of Bayelsa state. Whether you are Nembe, Okpia, Sabama, or Southern Ijaw, that is the region that God has brought us together and so, I am extending my olive branch even to those of my brothers and sisters in APC.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had said that it would meet on Friday, February 14, to decide on the issuance of the certificate of return to the rightful winner of the Bayelsa governorship election.
This was revealed on Thursday by INEC's chief press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Vanguard reports.
Oyekanmi told journalists that since the commission, as at the evening of Thursday, has not received a copy of the Supreme Court's verdict on Bayelsa with respect to an enrollment order, it would have to meet on Friday.
He said: "So, tomorrow, we will reconvene very early. And once we get the order, we will meet as a commission and take a decision."
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