By Mbah Okemsinachi, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, says his victory at the Supreme Court is attributable to God and the prayers of Bayelsans.
The apex court had on Tuesday dismissed the case filed by Chief Timi Alaibe challenging Senator Diri’s victory at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in September 2019.
Governor Diri, who got a rousing 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, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker of the House of Assembly and other legislators, top government functionaries, PDP stalwarts among others for a Victory Thanksgiving Service at the King of Glory Chapel, Yenagoa shortly after his arrival in the state capital.
In a statement by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, Gov. Diri expressed gratitude to people of the state for their support and encouragement, adding that he never expected the display of love and warm reception when he arrived in the state as late as 9pm.
His words: “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 of this chapel. This victory is not mine. You are the owners of this victory.”
Senator Diri, who acknowledged the role of God in his emergence as governor, also applauded the Supreme Court Justices for their uprightness and courage in upholding justice in dispensing their duties.
“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the Supreme Court Justices for their display of integrity. This judgement has shown to the whole world that indeed the apex court is the last hope for the common man.”