Bayelsa: PDP reacts to Diri’s Appeal Court victory


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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has applauded the judgment of the Court of Appeal which affirmed the election of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

A five-man panel of the court in a unanimous decision ruled that the Bayelsa State Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Governor Diri.

The appeal court therefore upturned the judgment, saying that the appellant, ANDP did not prove valid nomination of its guber candidate to contend unlawful exclusion. 

Reacting, PDP said that the judgment was a victory to rule of law and the genuine will of the people of Bayelsa state.

“Our party congratulates the people of Bayelsa and notes that the celebration that erupted in state at the breaking of the news of the verdict is not only a testimony that indeed justice was upheld but also that Govenor Diri is indeed the choice of the people

“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,” the statement read.

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