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Bayelsa election: Lyon finally reacts, says he accepts Supreme Court’s verdict





- David Lyon has finally reacted to the Supreme Court judgement that struck the APC's application for the review of its verdict on Bayelsa

- The apex court had on Wednesday, February 26, nullified the application filed by Lyon and APC for the review of its judgement

- Lyon said he accepted the judgment in the interest of peace and the development of Bayelsa

David Lyon, the sacked governor-elect of Bayelsa state, has accepted the final decision of the Supreme Court on its judgement that nullified his victory at the November 16, 2019, governorship election.

The Nation reports that Lyon, in a statement he personally signed, said though the decision of the apex court to stick to its February 13 judgement dashed the hope of the people of the state, he accepted it in the interest of peace and the development of Bayelsa.

Legit.ng gathered that he appealed to the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his loyalists and the people that came out en masse to vote for him to accept the judgement and maintain the peace.

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Lyon commended the leadership of the APC at the state and national levels for their tenacity in upholding the principles of constitutional democracy.

Bayelsa election: Lyon finally reacts, says he accepts Supreme Court’s verdict

The sacked governor-elect of Bayelsa state, David Lyon
Source: UGC

He said: “The Supreme Court of the federal republic of Nigeria on Wednesday, February 26, reviewed the judgment it gave against us on February 13, and decided to maintain its earlier judgment

“I am aware of the extent to which this decision has further dashed the hope of Bayelsans as it upturned 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.

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“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 at the national, state , local government and ward levels for their tenacity in upholding the ideals of constitutional democracy.”

He added: “I appeal to all Bayelsans not to shy away from participating in the governance of our dear state for the common good and wellbeing of its people. In the same vain, 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 which has bee in dire need of development.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Supreme Court declared on Wednesday, February 26, that in line with its rules, it would not review any of its judgment and its decision is final no matter how anybody feels.

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