*Says Diri can’t escape judgement of Bayelsa masses, workers
By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Following the victory of candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship candidate in Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva at the Appeal Court, Secretary, Media and Publicity committee of the Council, Hon. Yekini Nabena, has said that the era of using backdoor to emerge as governor is over.
Nabena was reacting to the Court judgement clearing the immediate-past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipreye Sylva, to contest the November 11 governorship election in Bayelsa state.
The court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, vacated the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which disqualified Sylva from participating in the gubernatorial poll.
A High Court in Abuja, had in a judgement it delivered on October 9, declared that Sylva was not eligible to participate in the gubernatorial contest having already spent five years in office as governor of the state.
Reacting to the judgement, Nabena, a former APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, said Governor Douye Diri can not escape the judgement of the masses in Bayelsa state, “who have been badly affected by his bad governance in the last four years.”
According to the APC chieftain, the workers, pensioners and the traditional rulers Governor Diri refused to care about their welfare will also speak loudly with their votes on November 11.
Nabena said the saying that “once beaten, twice shy” cannot repeat itself in Bayelsa.
The Bayelsa born APC chieftain said “Diri is not known to have ever won any election but always come through the back door to occupy the exalted seat against the popular mandate of the electorates.”
The statement said: “We are using this medium to tell Governor Diri and his cohort that there is no room for black market victory in this election. It is either you come clean or leave the race, but certainly no court will save Diri from heavy defeat this time around.
“History is not about to repeat itself because Governor Diri is not known for ever winning any clear electoral contest and the people of Bayelsa are tired of an accidental Governor.
“Our people are yearning for development, and our candidate’s six-points agenda is not ambiguous. Experiences of our amiable candidate will surely be an added advantage, coupled with his link with the APC at the center and the Renewed Hope Agenda. So, we promise to give the people of Bayelsa a new lease of life once we are able to chase away this government of inefficiency and wastefulness.”