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‘Please, Come Back’: Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri Extends Olive Branch To Former PDP Members

Douye Diri, the newly sworn-in governor of Bayelsa, has asked members of the party who left the party to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to return to the party.

Senator Diri, who was sworn in as the 5th civilian governor of the oil-rich state, made this call on Thursday, February 13, 2020, shortly after the Supreme Court sacked his rival, David Lyon of the All Progressives  Congress, APC, as the governor-elect of Bayelsa. .

“The members of PDP, who out of one thing or the other got angry and left us to APC, I’m waving the olive branch, please, come back,” he said.

“We have to build Bayelsa State together. I’m also calling on my brothers in APC they are Bayelsans, we cannot continue to be in disunity.

“Being in APC does not remove you as my brother of Bayelsa state. Whether you are Nembe, Okpia, Sabama, or Southern Ijaw, that is the region that God has brought us together and so, I am extending my olive branch even to those of my brothers and sisters in APC,” Senator Douye Diri said.

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Governor elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon visits President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House following his victory in the Nov 2019 elections

Lyon won the elections by polling 352,552 votes, while Diri got 143,172.

However, the PDP and Diri had sought the disqualification of Lyon’s running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, for allegedly falsifying his academic credentials.

A panel of judges led by Mary Odili on Thursday, voided the joint ticket of Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo and set aside their participation in the governorship election.

The apex court also ordered that INEC should issue a certificate of return to the candidate with the second-highest number of votes in the election.