Bayelsa Governor, Douye Diri, has again extended a hand of fellowship to all those that filed petitions in court against his election.
Governor Diri in his reaction to Wednesday’s ruling of the Supreme Court, which dismissed the last batch of cases against him and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said the litigants were neither his enemies nor enemies of Bayelsa.
He said they only exercised their rights by going to court and that he did not consider the litigation as personal regardless of the fact that they were a distraction.
His media aide, Daniel Alabrah, said in a statement that the dismissal of the petitions of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Liberation Movement (LM) and Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) against the deputy governor and that of the Accord Party (AP) against Diri was the fifth time the governor and his deputy had won at the Supreme Court.
In putting a final seal on the governor as being duly elected, the apex court said the appeals lacked merit and therefore dismissed all four petitions
Meanwhile, Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in a statement, described the ruling as a victory for democracy.
In his reaction, immediate past governor of Bayelsa, Henry Dickson, commended the bold decision of the Supreme Court to throw out the suit which he described as a distraction.
He said Governor Diri can now focus attention on the effective execution of the mandate given to him by the Bayelsa people.