The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bayelsa, on Saturday, lauded the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt for its judgment in favour of the Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon.
The pre-election suit filed against Lyon by the former Minister of State for Agriculture, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, challenging his candidacy was earlier dismissed.
A member representing Brass-Nembe Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Israel Sunny-Goli, said: “The victory has affirmed not only the collective decision of Bayelsa APC faithful but also that of all well-meaning Bayelsans who gave their mandate to Lyon in the just-concluded gubernatorial election.”
Another member representing Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Preye Oseke, hailed the judgement.
He said: “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 candidate of the party."
He added: “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."
The delighted lawmaker further said: “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.”
Justice Isaiah Olafemi of the Court of Appeal said that Lokpobiri failed to comply with the statutory 14-day period, saying that he ought to have filed the case not later than September 17, 2019. He then dismissed the appeal.
The governor-elect, in a statement signed by his acting media adviser, Chief Gift Ebiki, hailed the judgement, describing it as a victory for all Bayelsans across party lines.
He said: “It is 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 is to develop this state.”