The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Douye Diri, has described Friday's separate Court of Appeal victories in favour of him and his deputy, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, as an evidence of God behind his government.
In a statement by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, he applauded the Court of Appeal for upholding the law and dispensing justice to all.
On Friday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja, led by Justice Adezila Mshelia had overturned the August 17, 2020 verdict of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which had sacked Diri from office and ordered a fresh poll to be conducted within 90 days.
A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously set aside the tribunal's verdict and affirmed Diri's election in its judgment delivered on Friday.
The three-man election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja had, in a split decision of two-to-one, nullified the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa State governorship election as a result of the unlawful exclusion of the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party and its candidate, King George, from the exercise.
Diri, the Peoples Democratic Party; and the Independent National Electoral Commission had filed separate appeals against it, in reaction to the judgment.