Bayelsa election: Seriake Dickson says Duoye Diri remains governor

Bayelsa election: Seriake Dickson says Duoye Diri remains governor

- Seriake Dickson has explained that the judgment annulling the state governorship election will not take effect until the matter gets to the Supreme Court

- The former governor made the statement in reaction to the judgment of the election petition tribunal which ordered a bye-election in 90 days

- Dickson urged the people not to be perturbed by the judgment

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The immediate past governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson has said the judgment of the election petition tribunal which annulled the state governorship election will not take effect until the matter gets to the Supreme Court.

Dickson, in a statement on Monday, August 17, said Duoye Diri remains the governor of Bayelsa state until all appeal processes are exhausted, Vanguard reported.

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Dickson explained that Diri would continue to serve in that capacity until the Supreme Court rules on the matter. Photo Credit: Guardian.ng
Source: UGC

He urged the people of Bayelsa not to be perturbed by the judgment which he described as a temporary setback.

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The former governor said the Peoples Democratic Party will appeal the tribunal verdict.

Meanwhile, the governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, has reacted to the ruling of the election petition tribunal which nullified his election.

In his reaction, Governor Diri said he will appeal the ruling, adding that he has instructed his lawyers to file the necessary papers, Nigerian Tribune reports.

In a press release by his acting chief press secretary, Daniel Alabrah, the governor said he has implicit confidence in the judiciary and that he would triumph in the end.

He urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his supporters not to panic and to continue to remain calm and law-abiding.

In another news report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state has settled their differences ahead of the coming governorship election.

With this, members of the Unity Forum arm of the party has officially dissolved the body and blended into the campaign team of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

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This forum was headed by a former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi.

The forum had vowed to ensure Akeredolu does not return for a second term in office but this failed as a result of the internal wrangling within the forum.

The Nation reported that the dissolution of the forum followed steps taken by Governor Akeredolu to ensure the party goes into the electoral battle as a united party.

Still on politics, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that the defection of Agboola Ajayi from the party on Monday, August 10, is a sign of desperation in the deputy governor's political journey.

In a statement released by Kennedy lkantu Peretei, who is the party's publicity secretary, the PDP said Agboola's defection will not have any effect on the coming election.

PDP stated that though it has not received the official letter of Ajayi's resignation, it will continue to wish the unsettled deputy governor well in his political journey.

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