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Diri dedicates S’Court victory to God, woos Alaibe, others


Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri has attributed his victory at the Supreme Court to God and prayers of Bayelsa people.

The apex court on Tuesday dismissed the case filed by Chief Timi Alaibe challenging Diri’s victory at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in September 2019.

Diri, who got a tumultuous reception upon his arrival in Yenagoa on Thursday night, said the demonstration of love and support by Bayelsans was overwhelming and heartwarming.

The Governor was joined by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker and other legislators, top government functionaries as well as PDP stalwarts among others for a victory thanksgiving service at the King of Glory Chapel, Yenagoa, shortly after his arrival in the state capital.

He expressed gratitude for their support and encouragement, adding he never expected the display of love and warm reception when he arrived the state as late as 9pm.

Diri stated: “I never expected this kind of reception. As late as the time I arrived, people were still at the entrance into Bayelsa and up to the Government House gate. And the shocker I had was inside the chapel. This victory is not mine. You are the owners of this victory.”

The Governor, who acknowledged the role of God in his emergence, also applauded the Supreme Court justices for their uprightness and courage in upholding justice in dispensing their duties.

He called on all Bayelsans, including Alaibe and his other opponents, to join hands with his administration to build the state, noting that Bayelsa had a lot of potential waiting to be harnessed.

He further said: “There is so much for us as a state. As I keep saying, the only way this state can grow is when we free our minds from acrimony, hatred and covetousness.

“Bayelsa is still one state. But let us realise that power only comes from God. Whatever it is that has angered anyone, let us sheathe our swords in the interest of the state. Let us shun hatred and embrace love. That is only when Bayelsa can move forward. This victory is not mine. It is for all Bayelsans who have been praying with us.”

Speaking to journalists after the service, Diri said he would soon constitute his cabinet and put governance on track having dispensed with his major court case.

He expressed regret over the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said had stalled governance and socio-economic activities globally.

According to him, when his cabinet is composed, government will place premium on the development of trade, industry, investment and small and medium scale enterprises to empower people and boost the local economy.

In his brief exhortation, General Overseer of the Royal House of Grace International Church, Apostle David Zilly Aggrey, said the mystery behind the emergence of Diri as governor could only be the handiwork of God and divine favour upon him.

The Nation

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