PDP Commend Appeal Court judgment affirming Diri’s election

NEWSMAN, Abuja – People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has applauded the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which affirmed the election of Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa State.

A statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, described the judgment as victory to the rule of law and the genuine will of the people of Bayelsa.

 “The celebration that erupted in the state at the breaking of the news of the verdict is not only a testimony that indeed justice was upheld but also that Diri is indeed the choice of the people.”

Ologbondiyan said that like other PDP governors, Diri, indeed, hit the ground running in the task of developing Bayelsa, particularly in his outline of projects in key sectors, in spite of “the prevailing fiscal challenges”.

The sectors included manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, power, road infrastructure, and education, among others.

He also congratulated the people of Bayelsa for Diri’s victory at the Court of Appeal.

“Our party, therefore, urges Diri not to relent but continue in his commitment toward the good of all, in line with the manifesto of the PDP, he stated.

PDP, Governors’ Forum, also congratulated the governor over the Court of Appeal ruling setting aside the decision of the Bayelsa State election tribunal which had earlier nullified his declaration as winner of the governorship poll.

According to a message of solidarity signed by Director General of the forum, CID Maduabum on behalf of the chairman of the forum and governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, the governors described the ruling as an act of God while calling on those still aggrieved at the emergence of the Governor Diri to give peace a chance, Vanguard reported.

“The news of the appellate court victory did not come as a surprise because it has been obvious that the hand of God is clearly on the throne concerning Governor Diri’s leadership of Bayelsa State.

“This current affirmation of your mandate, necessary support, prayers, and loyalty given by Bayelsans clears the path for you to settle down in the enormous task of taking the state to greater heights without any further distractions’’, the statement added.

“We appeal to the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, ANDP, and the unseen hands supporting them, to also realise that there must be an end to litigation and it is time to allow Bayelsa Governor to move the state forward by delivering the good governance Bayelsa people crave for and deserve”.

The statement further noted that “It is now left for Governor Diri to reciprocate the love of the people with the resolve to continue to do more in delivering democratic dividends to the people of Bayelsa State who have not only put their hopes on him but have also given their wholehearted trust and undiluted loyalty”.

“Your colleagues, governors of the PDP and our great party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will continue to support you to succeed. We are certain that you will continue to rise to the occasion in the tradition of PDP Governors,” the message read.

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