The governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri has reacted to the judgment of Supreme Court that disqualified the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) David Lyon and returned him as the winner of the poll, saying God has healed the state.
Diri disclosed this while being presented with Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.
According to him, “I will never forget the judiciary, it is the last hope of the common man. With what happened, God has healed our State Bayelsa. Within this time, God has taken us through a journey of reconciliation and forgiveness.”
Earlier, The Herald reported that Diri and his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjiakpo were presented with their Certificates of Return in a solemn ceremony at INEC conference room by May Agbamu-Uche Mbu, INEC Commissioner in charge of legal.
Douye received the Certificate of Return at the INEC Headquarters, Abuja.
This is coming after the supreme court asked INEC to withdraw the certificate of return that was issued to David Lyon, governorship candidate of the APC after his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo was found guilty of certificate forgery submitted to aid his qualification during screening.
Hence, this caused Justice Mary Odili who led a 5-man panel to nullify Lyon’s election victory.
The presiding Justice asked INEC to declare the candidate with the second-highest votes Winner of the Bayelsa gubernatorial poll.