Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar has narrated how he received the verdict of Supreme Court that declared the candidate of PDP, Diri Duoye, as the duly elected governor of Bayelsa State.
According to Atiku, who was President Muhammadu Buhari’s main challenger in the February 23, 2019 presidential election:
“I received the verdict of the Supreme Court, declaring the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Bayelsa state gubernatorial elections, Senator Douye Diri, as the duly elected Governor of the state, with gladness.
“Senator Douye Diri had cause to visit me before the elections and received my blessings and counsel. I am fully satisfied that he has what it takes to make Bayelsa the ‘glory of all lands’. His intellect, personality and character, are a credit to Bayelsa and the PDP.
“I congratulate Senator Douye Diri and his running mate, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrujakpor. I also felicitate with the Peoples Democratic Party. The Lords Justices have given us another opportunity to show Nigerians that power belongs to the people, and we must make good use of this opportunity.
“I call on all the people of Bayelsa to make peace with the recent past and embrace the future together, united in the mission to transform the state into a haven of peace and prosperity.
“Finally, I urge the Supreme Court to show consistency in its judgments and find the resolve to always deliver just-judgments no matter whose ox is gored. The people of Nigeria are behind the apex court in whatever they do to free themselves from the dominance of dictatorial forces.”
David Lyon would have been sworn in on Saint Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020 in Yenagoa and was engaged in a rehearsal when the news of the Supreme Court verdict came in.