- Governor Duoye Diri has hailed the judiciary after his election triumph was upheld
- The governor's election in Bayelsa was confirmed by the court in a majority judgment on Friday, October 2
- Diri described himself as a product of grace who God wanted to use to move Bayelsa to its shore of greatness
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Duoye Diri, governor of Bayelsa, has reacted to the judgement of the appeal court of Friday, October 2, declaring him as the winner of the state's 2019 governorship election.
Speaking at the state house after his election as governor of Bayelsa state was upheld, Diri said those fighting him are fighting God.
The governor, who was joined by his supporters at his office, emphasised that he is a product of divine grace.
Legit.ng recalls that barely a month after he was sacked by the Bayelsa election tribunal, the court of appeal sitting in Abuja affirmed the governor's victory.
In a majority decision, the court set aside a ruling of the Bayelsa state governorship election petition tribunal which nullified the election of Diri as the validly elected Bayelsa governor.
The court ruled that the petition filed by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) was statute-barred, meaning it that the cause of action was no longer legally enforceable when the petition was filed.
In a swift reaction, Governor Diri said his victory showed that God wanted to use him to lead Bayelsa into its greatness.
Diri, who commended the judiciary, also extended olive branches to members of the opposition.
In his words:
“I am just an instrument God is using to usher Bayelsa to the path of prosperity hence, if you are fighting the system, you are fighting God Himself.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the just concluded Edo election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has disclosed that his party might challenge the outcome of the poll in court.
Ize-Iyamu dropped the hint on Thursday, October 1, in his Independence Day message to the people of Edo state.
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