Bayelsa Governor Asserts Election Victory: Subterranean Challenges Dismissed

His Excellency, Gov. Douye Diri

Governor Senator Douye Diri of Bayelsa State firmly asserted that the gubernatorial election held on November 11, 2023, has concluded decisively, dismissing any attempts to alter its outcome through clandestine maneuvers by his primary opponent in the race.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially declared Governor Diri the winner of the election and bestowed certificates of return upon him and his deputy governor-elect, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on November 17, 2023.

Speaking at the first-year memorial service for his late father, Pa Abraham Diri, at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Sampou, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, Governor Diri labeled the subpoena issued to the police to testify as witnesses at the election petition tribunal by Chief Timipre Sylva, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as diversionary and futile. He emphasized that the authoritative declaration of election results by INEC is the accepted standard, not police reports.

In his address, Governor Diri reiterated his confidence in the legitimacy of his victory, stressing, “We have already surpassed that stage. Just as we prevented them from manipulating the election, we will do so again.”

He urged a focus on constructive efforts, stating, “If anyone is to be subpoenaed, let it be INEC, the body responsible for conducting the election and announcing the results. The police are tasked with ensuring security.”

Reflecting on his father’s legacy, Governor Diri praised him for instilling strong values in his children and relatives. He emphasized the importance of providing quality education to children, highlighting its enduring impact even after one’s passing.

The event also featured Rev. Funkuro Amgbare, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Izon of the Anglican Communion, who spoke on the theme, “What will you be remembered for?” stressing the significance of leaving a positive legacy through integrity and contribution to society.

Notable attendees included the state deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Chief Judge Justice Matilda Ayemieye, and various dignitaries from political, traditional, and religious spheres.

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