- PDP has hailed the appeal court verdict upholding Duoye Diri's election victory
- In a statement by the party, PDP said the victory is an affirmation that Diri is the choice of Bayelsa people
- However, the party charged the governor to hit the ground running and bring development to the state
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the judgement of the appeal court which upheld the election victory of Governor Duoye Diri.
In a statement by the party on Friday, October 2, through its spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP described the victory as a triumph for the rule of law and People of Bayelsa state.
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.
PDP in a reaction said the appeal court ruling showed that Diri is the choice of the Bayelsa people.
The party, however, tasked Governor Diri to "hit the ground running" in developing Bayelsa state and fulfilling his promises.
Part of the statement read:
"The PDP stresses that just like other governors elected on the platform of the PDP. Governor Diri indeed hit the ground running in the task of developing Bayelsa state, particularly in his outline of projects in key sectors including, manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, power, road infrastructure, education. among others, despite the prevailing fiscal challenges.
Our party therefore urges Governor Diri not to relent but continue in his commitment towards the good of all, in line with the manifesto of the PDP. "
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Diri reacted to the judgement of the appeal court of Friday 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.
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