- The APC in Bayelsa has reacted to the ruling of the Supreme Court on its governorship candidate, David Lyon
- The opposition party said that although the defeat was painful, its members in the state should maintain peace and love
- Jonathan Amos, the chairman of the APC in Bayelsa, expressed gratitude to supporters for reposing confidence in the party
The Bayelsa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally conceded defeat following the recent decision of the Supreme Court over the last gubernatorial election in the state.
Speaking to party members and supporters in Yenagoa on Thursday, February 27, the APC chairman in the state, Jonathan Amos, said that the ruling of the court should be accepted in good faith.
Admitting that the loss was painful, Amos called on party members to remain calm and thanked them for believing in the party by voting massively for its candidate, David Lyon, The Nation reports.
The APC boss said that supporters of the party should uphold love and peace in the state.
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He said: “Let me use this opportunity to extend warm greetings from Chief David Lyon and the headship of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Let me also thank all Bayelsans of the voting age who sacrificed in their numbers to turn out to vote on the 16th November 2019.
“Let me also encourage all party faithful and Bayelsans, in general, to accept the decision of the Supreme Court in good faith and ensue peace and love."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lyon had said his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, should not be blamed for the development.
The sacked governor-elect also urged his supporters and members of the All Progressives Congress to avoid violence.
Lyon described himself as a peacemaker and would never resort to violence over the judgement. This was in direct reaction to the violent protest that trailed the verdict.
Lyon was sacked because the apex court found his running mate guilty of the certificate forgery suit filed against him by the PDP and its governorship candidate, Douye Diri.
Diri was subsequently declared as the winner of the election and sworn-in as the governor in line with the implementation of the apex court's verdict. Lyon, however, said the party's legal team will explore all legal options to reclaim the mandate.
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