Bayelsa: Lyon concedes defeat, urges supporters to work with Diri

The Governor-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon, has accepted the judgment of the Supreme Court that dismissed him on Wednesday, 26 February 2020, urging his supporters to work the new governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, for the common good and well-being of the state.

In a statement, Lyon said his decision to accept the Supreme Court judgment, no matter how distressing, is hinged on the fact that he is a law-abiding citizen who values the peace and development of the state.

He further said that while the people have a right to think that the outcome of the case is a judgment without justice, urging the people to continue to uphold the dreams of the founding fathers by leading the State irrespective of party affiliations.

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The statement read: “I am aware of the extent to which this decision has further dashed the hopes of Bayelsans as it upturns the democratic mandate of the Bayelsa electorate. I hereby unequivocally state my decision to accept the Supreme Court verdict however distressing as it is, it is the decision of the Supreme Court, and we are all bound to accept the outcome as law-abiding citizens of this great country.

“I wish to appeal to my party faithful, my supporters, all Bayelsans and all lovers of peace and justice to accept this verdict and maintain the peace.

While they have a right to think that this is a case of judgment without justice, I strongly appeal against all forms of violence or any conduct that threatens the peace and development of our state.

“I strongly believe that God still loves Bayelsans and will still allow His Will to come to pass in their lives.

I seize this opportunity to thank the leadership of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the National, state, local government and ward levels for the tenacity and upholding the ideals of constitutional democracy.

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“I appeal to all Bayelsans not to shy away from participating in the governance of our dear State for the common good and well-being of its people. In the same vein, I urge the good people of the state to continue to uphold the dreams of our founding fathers in our aspiration to lead the state irrespective of party affiliations.

“Lastly, it is my resolve to continue to join forces with well-meaning individuals, institutions, and organisations towards bringing the much-needed development to Bayelsa State that is in dear need of development.”

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