The former governor-elect and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, has accepted the judgement of the Supreme Court that dismissed his application for a judgement review of the judgement delivered on February 13, 2020, by the apex court, which nullified his victory at the governorship.
He urged his supporters to shun violence and work with the new governor of the state, Senator Douye Diri, for the common good and well-being of all and sundry.
In a statement, Lyon said his decision to accept the apex court’s judgement, no matter how distressing, is hinged on the fact that he is a law-abiding citizen who values the peace and development of the state.
The statement read: “I am aware of the extent to which this decision has further dashed the hopes of Bayelsans as it upturns the democratic mandate of the Bayelsa electorate. I hereby unequivocally state my decision to accept the Supreme Court verdict however distressing it is, it is the decision of the Supreme Court, and we are all bound to accept the outcome as law-abiding citizens of this great country.
“I wish to appeal to my party faithful, my supporters, all Bayelsans and all lovers of peace and justice to accept this verdict and maintain the peace.
“While they have a right to think that this is a case of judgement without justice, I strongly appeal against all forms of violence or any conduct that threatens the peace and development of our state.
“I strongly believe that God still loves Bayelsans and will still allow His Will to come to pass in their lives.
“I seize this opportunity to thank the leadership of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national, state, local government and ward levels for the tenacity and upholding the ideals of constitutional democracy.
“I appeal to all Bayelsans not to shy away from participating in the governance of our dear state for the common good and well-being of its people. In the same vein, I urge the good people of the state to continue to uphold the dreams of our founding fathers in our aspiration to lead the state irrespective of party affiliations.
“Lastly, it is my resolve to continue to join forces with well-meaning individuals, institutions, and organisations towards bringing the much-needed development to Bayelsa State that is in dire need of development.”