Douye Diri of Bayelsa State and his deputy Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, extended a hand of fellowship to the opposition that approached the court to file petitions against their victory in the 2019 governorship election.
The politicians reacted in separate statements to the ruling of the Supreme Court which dismissed the six appeals filed against them by Alliance for Democracy, Liberation Movement, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party and Accord Party on Wednesday.
The governor in his statement titled, ‘Supreme Court ruling on Bayelsa election: Litigants not my enemies,’ by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, explained that the litigants were neither his enemies nor enemies of Bayelsa.
Diri said, “I have over the period leading to the Supreme Court ruling said as a state we do not need all of this distraction. We are one and the brotherhood should be paramount.
“After elections, particularly when a government has taken the oath of office, we expect everybody to support and bring their ideas on board for Bayelsa to grow and become prosperous. That is why we tagged our government the Prosperity Administration.
“So, today marks the end of all the litigation. If anybody wants to further appeal, maybe he can appeal to the court of the devil. But, constitutionally, I believe this is the end of all the litigation.
“Once again, I call on my brothers that had gone on this appeal to join hands with the government of the day. And what should be uppermost on our mind should be the interest of Bayelsa and not individual and personal interest.”
The Supreme Court had on Wednesday dismissed six separate appeals challenging the election of Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri.
It was the fifth time the governor and his deputy have won at the Supreme Court.