Bayelsa gov poll: APC chief­tain lauds Ap­peal Court’s rul­ing

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Chuk­wudi AKASIKE, SUC­CESS Nwogu and DANIEL IGONI

The Deputy Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, Mr Yekini Nabena, has com­mended the Court of Ap­peal for its rul­ing af­firm­ing the can­di­dacy of Bayelsa State Gov­er­nor-elect, Mr David Lyon.

Nabena, who spoke with news­men in Abuja on Satur­day shortly af­ter the court rul­ing, also called on the peo­ple of the state to sup­port the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion of Lyon.

The News Agency of Nige­ria re­ports that a for­mer Min­is­ter of State for Agri­cul­ture, Mr Heineken Lokpo­biri, had filed an ap­peal, in­sist­ing that he, and not Lyon, won the APC gov­er­nor­ship pri­mary.

How­ever, the Court of Ap­peal sit­ting in Port Har­court struck out the case, af­firm­ing that the APC’S direct pri­mary was cred­i­ble, trans­par­ent and re­flected the wishes of party mem­bers on who should be the party’s gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date.

“While Se­na­tor Heineken

Lokpo­biri has a le­git­i­mate right to con­test the out­come of the direct pri­mary elec­tion through le­gal means, it is now clear, through the Ap­peal Court’s rul­ing, that he has no case ab ini­tio.

“I now call on all those who meant well for our dear Bayel­sans to sup­port the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion of Chief David Lyon whose cam­paign de­vel­op­ment blueprint, when im­ple­mented, will de­liver home­grown ini­tia­tives to en­sure the progress, peace and sta­bil­ity of the state and in­deed the Niger Delta,” Nabena said.

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