An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt has dismissed a suit filed by the former Minister of Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, against the victory of Governor David Lyon in the November 16th governorship election.
The appeal court panel members, I.O.Akeju, C.J.Jombo-Ofo, and A.M.Lamido dismissed the suit on account of its lateness
Governor Lyon, in a statement signed by his media adviser, Chief Gift Ebiki, attributed his victory to true democracy and declared that there was no victor, no vanquished.
“It is a victory for democracy and victory for all Bayelsans. But there is no victor, no vanquished. Bayelsa is one big family and we invite all stakeholders to work with us to develop this state,” he said
Preye Oseke, a member representing Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, congratulated the Governor and also thanked the court for entrenching Democracy through its rulings.
“The rulings delivered today, 11th January 2020, by the Court of Appeal, upheld the 4th September 2019, direct primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which produced Chief David Lyon as the candidate of the party. The rulings delivered separately at the same Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, all turned out in favour of Chief David Lyon. These victories are indeed not only for the Bayelsa state governor-elect, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, but for all Bayelsans who overwhelmingly voted for him. It is an affirmation of the collective will of Bayelsans who resolved to make a departure from darkness to light, which Chief David Lyon signifies. It is indeed a victory for democracy.
“I must not fail to applaud the judiciary for further entrenching our democracy through its rulings today. These rulings have elicited joy across the state, which is an indication that anything contrary would have no doubt thrown the State into a state of gloom. I am confident that Bayelsans are in for better days under the incoming administration, as the governor-elect is a development driven personality who is desirous to bring development to the people of the state. I therefore also congratulate Bayelsans for these victories.” he said