Sacked Bayelsa Governor instruct lawyers to appeal Tribunal verdict

Diri remains gov until S'Court decides says Seriake Dickson

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has instructed his lawyers to appeal the ruling of the state election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja saying he still has implicit confidence in the judiciary that he would triumph in the end.

Diri, spoke shortly after the tribunal ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly excluded the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) governorship candidate from the November 16, 2019 election.

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The governor urged members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and his supporters not to panic and to continue to remain calm and law-abiding.

Diri said: “We trust in the judiciary and we are appealing the judgment. With God on our side, we will get justice.

“This is a court of first instance and I have instructed our lawyers to file an appeal. We have a right of appeal even up to the Supreme Court.”

Also, the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Seriake Dickson, has urged Bayelsa people not to be perturbed by the judgment of the tribunal which annulled the state governorship election on Monday.

He described the judgment as a temporary setback which did not in law affect the status quo until appeal processes were exhausted. He stressed that there was no vacancy in the Bayelsa Government House as Diri remains governor until a final decision on the issue was reached at the Supreme Court.

He said: “I urge Bayelsans to remain calm. They shouldn’t misinterpret what took place at the tribunal today.

“The judgment is a temporary setback which does not have any effect on the status quo until all processes of appeal are exhausted.

“There is no vacancy in the Bayelsa Government House. Douye Diri remains governor until the Supreme Court decides. Of course, what this means is that the PDP will appeal this decision.”