Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has requested the governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, to grab this second of glory to construct bridges of unity by entrenching a tradition of affection, equity and justice within the polity.
Senator Diri was sworn in because the fifth civilian governor of Bayelsa state on Friday, following a Supreme Court docket judgement sacking elected candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo, hours earlier than the inauguration.
A five-man panel of the apex courtroom led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to withdraw the Certificates of Return issued to Mr Lyon and difficulty a contemporary certificates to the candidate of the occasion with the subsequent highest votes and with the required constitutional unfold of votes within the outcomes of the election, that are the Peoples Democratic Celebration.
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Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who learn the lead judgment on Thursday, made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, for submitting cast certificates to INEC.
Mr Jonathan, who congratulated Governor Diri in an announcement he personally signed, stated that the journey to the Creek Haven is a divine one.
“As Governor, the accountability of constructing hope and sustaining peace throughout the State now lies in your shoulders.
“Your journey to Creek Haven is a divine one, so I counsel you to make use of the place to do good to humanity and pursue the event of the State with a purpose to write your identify in gold.
“You might have labored with me earlier than as a commissioner, so I’m no doubt that you’ll reside as much as the expectations of our folks,” he added.
Mr Jonathan known as on all Bayelsa folks to be “law-abiding, peaceable and embrace this transition in all sincerity, and work collectively in the direction of a united and affluent State.”