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Diri commends Buhari for signing Electoral Act

By Guardian Nigeria
04 March 2022   |   4:09 am
Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the amended Electoral Act bill into law.

Diri. Photo/FACEBOOK/ Governor-Douye-Diri-is-Working

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the amended Electoral Act bill into law.

Diri gave the commendation, yesterday, during the State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that signing of the bill was a demonstration that the President wants democracy to thrive in Nigeria.

He stated that the days of ballot box snatching, rigging, political thuggery and violence were gone, as the electoral law has made provisions on how modern elections should be conducted.

He advised politicians eyeing elective offices not to heat up the polity but rather quietly embark on consultation with their political leaders.

While acknowledging the right of appointees in his administration to aspire for elective positions, he restated his call on them to resign their positions or be sacked in order not to neglect their responsibilities and make governance suffer.

The governor stressed that the peace being experienced in the state should be sustained by all, adding that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would work together to ensure that those who are destined by God emerge as its flag bearers through primaries.

He thanked his cabinet members for their commitment in ensuring that government policies and programmes were realised, saying that their actions proved that their appointment was not a mistake.

The Bayelsa helmsman also thanked Bayelsa residents for their support for his administration as demonstrated during the recent second anniversary celebration.

He said: “I like to use today’s Executive Council meeting to acknowledge Mr. President and thank him for signing the Electoral Act into law. 

“That has been the bane of our democracy. Elections are the basis of having good governance, of selecting good leaders, and Mr. President has demonstrated that he wants democracy to thrive in Nigeria by signing the bill.

“So, on behalf of the deputy governor and indeed Bayelsa State, we appreciate Mr. President for assenting to that bill. If there is one gift that Mr President has given to Nigeria in his whole eight years, this is it.”