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Bayelsa: Diri Reacts As Supreme Court Throws Out APC’s Case

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Douye Diri, PDP

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has commended the latest ruling of the Supreme Court that threw out the application of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking a review of its earlier judgement.

In a statement signed by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, Governor Dirir said the Supreme Court Justices only affirmed the judgement of God.

He said: “Once again, I describe myself as a miracle governor. So the Supreme Court just affirmed the judgement of the Almighty God, who made it possible for me to become the governor of Bayelsa State.

“For me, there is no victor no vanquished as the victory is for all Bayelsans. It is not a winner takes all.

“My message is that of reconciliation as I will run an all-inclusive government. Let everyone that is aggrieved sheathe their swords. Let us think about Bayelsa first and ourselves last. By this judgement, it is clear the final hurdle has been cleared.”

Naija News recalls that the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the ruling which sacked David Lyon and Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo as the governor-elect and deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State respectively.

The seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, after listening to the submissions of the counsels from both parties dismissed the case by APC and David Lyon for lack of merit.

Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment on Wednesday, said the application by APC and Lyon lacked merit and the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the judgment of the apex court is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”

She added that the applicants should pay the sum of N10 million for their frivolous and vexatious application.

Furthermore, Justice Augie ruled that the counsels of the APC and Mr Lyon are to each pay Governor Douye Diri, his deputy Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and the PDP the same N10 million.

It will be recalled the All Progressives Congress (APC) had approached the apex court for a review of its February 13, 2020 judgment which overturned its victory in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Naija News recalls barely 24 hours to the swearing-in ceremony of David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Bayelsa State governor, the Supreme Court sacked him and his deputy.




Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.