Senator Douye Diri Sworn In As Bayelsa State Governor
Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was on Friday sworn in as the 5th democratically elected Governor of Bayelsa State.
The governor was sworn in after the Supreme Court nullified the election of David Lyon of the APC.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s judgment declared Diri winner of the poll and issued him with Certificate of Return.
This pave way for the swearing in of the Diri and his deputy at the Bayelsa Government House on Friday.
The governor was sworn at exactly 6:55pm on Friday by Chief Judge of Bayelsa, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri.
His deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo was earlier sworn by the Chief Judge.
The usual paraphernalia occasioning swearing in of governor was missing at the hurriedly carried out ceremony. Even the citations of the governor and his deputy were not read.
The Supreme Court on Thursday invalidated the declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the election, David Lyon as governor-elect, paving the way for Diri’s emergence.
National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had vowed that nobody would be sworn in today as governor of the oil-rich state.
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR DOUYE DIRI— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) February 14, 2020
I congratulate His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri who was sworn in today as the 5th Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, in compliance with the Supreme court verdict of yesterday, 13th February 2020. pic.twitter.com/jlrUUd14oq