Jonathan congratulates new Bayelsa gov Douye Diri

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has sent a congratulatory message to the new Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri who was sworn-in on Friday, February 14, 2020.

Senator Diri was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) this afternoon and a Certificate of Return was issued to him.

The Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

Senator Douye Diri during his swearing in ceremony as the new governor of Bayelsa state on Friday February 14, 2020 in the state capital, Yenagoa.

Below is Jonathan’s full statement:


I congratulate His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri who was sworn in today as the 5th Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, in compliance with the Supreme court verdict of yesterday, 13th February 2020.

As Governor, the responsibility of building hope and sustaining peace across the State now lies on your shoulders. I urge you to always bear in mind that you are the Governor of all Bayelsans and to seize this moment of glory to build bridges of unity by entrenching a culture of love, fairness and justice in our polity.

Your journey to Creek Haven is a divine one, so I advise you to use the position to do good to humanity and pursue the development of the State in order to write your name in gold. You have worked with me before as a commissioner, so I am without doubt that you will live up to the expectations of our people.

I call on all Bayelsans to be law-abiding, peaceful and embrace this transition in all sincerity, and work together towards a united and prosperous State.

Congratulations Your Excellency.


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