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Bayelsa: Diri Reacts As Appeal Court Affirms His Election

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Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has expressed appreciation to God after the Appeal Court set aside a Judgment nullifying his election as the state governor.

In a press statement by his spokesman, Mr Daniel Alabrah, The Bayelsa governor also applauded the panel of Justice for upholding the law.

“I want to thank God for this victory. Today, a Daniel came to judgement in the name of the Court of Appeal, which has given the true position of the law and we are happy about it,” Diri said.

“For those who are fanning the embers of disunity in our state using portfolio political parties, this is a time to put a full stop to it.

”If they really love the state, why are they still fanning the embers of destabilisation and moving on to unseat us?

“The governor of Bayelsa State is God Himself. I have told those who care to listen that I am only a messenger-governor.

“The governor of Bayelsa is His Excellency the Supreme Leader of the universe and that is God Himself.

“He kept me here to hold brief for Him and you cannot unseat God.

“There is a God that rules over the affairs of men and that God that has brought me here will protect me, my deputy governor and everybody put together to lead this government,” he added.

Naija News recalls that the five-man panel of the Appeal Court held that the Bayelsa Election Petition Tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Diri.

The Appellate court stated that the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) failed woefully to show that it had a valid candidate that was unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The court berated the tribunal for ignoring the fact that the petition of ANDP was status barred in addition to the fact that the party presented an unqualified candidate to INEC in the November 16, 2019 Governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Source: Naija News

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.