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Supreme Court judgment on Bayelsa guber: Now we can move on peacefully, residents declare

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Despite the disquiet that pervaded Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital and parts of the neighbouring communities following the Supreme Court judgment that finally nailed their hope of having David Lyon as their governor, an atmosphere of peace now reigns in the state.

This followed calls on residents by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other stakeholders to maintain the peace in the aftermath of the judgment.

The state chairman of the APC, Amos Jonathan, had called for calm and asked party supporters to maintain the peace, saying the party had accepted defeat.

The party chairman said despite how painful the judgment was, party members and the people of the state should accept it in good faith and remain calm.

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to extend warm greetings from Chief David Lyon and the headship of the APC. Let me also thank all Bayelsans of voting age who sacrificed in their numbers to turnout to vote on November 16, 2019.

“We are indeed specially honoured and humbled to have over 340,000 votes; that to us demonstrated the change matrix we all yearn and desire.”

Lyon had also in a statement that same day said though the decision of the apex court to stick to its February 13 judgment dashed the hope of the people of the state, he accepted it in the interest of the peace and development of Bayelsa.

He appealed to the supporters of the APC, his loyalists and the people that came out en masse to vote for him to accept the judgment.

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

Residents also reacted to the judgment in different ways. While some residents expressed shock at the dismissal of the application, others described it as “justice well served”.


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