The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the outburst from the of national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on the ruling of the Supreme Court which sacked David Lyon, as an empty and inconsequential ranting.
While reacting to the judgement, Oshiomhole had said the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Duoye Diri would not be sworn in tomorrow because, in his words, the Senator did not meet the constitutional requirement of 25 per cent spread across the state to be declared the winner.
In a statement issued by the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party asked the former Edo state governor “to steer clear of Bayelsa State as his apparent plots to trigger violence in the state has failed.”
The statement continued: “The PDP further counseled Oshiomhole to be careful with his utterances and not use any forms of venomous garrulity and clear misuse of language to destabilize our nation and truncate our hard earned democracy.
“The people of Bayelsa state knows as a fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under our laws, cannot take instructions from any individual, let alone a factional national chairman of a dysfunctional political party like the APC.
“The PDP, as a law-abiding party, counsels Oshiomhole to rein in himself and desist from all odious designs against Bayelsa state, her people and government.
“The PDP also calls on the people of Bayelsa state to remain calm as their mandate has been restored and cannot be taken away by the ranting of any individual who has no stake whatsoever in the wellbeing of his own home state.”
Earlier, while reacting to the Supreme court ruling, the PDP through its deputy national publicity secretary, Diran Odeyemi described the ruling as victory for democracy and a confirmation of the truism that indeed, judiciary remains the last hope of the common man.
“We want to salute the Justices for upholding the rule of law. They have demonstrated that there are still good judges in our country. We won the election and the learned justices have now proven that.
“I heard that some people are saying we should forget Imo now that we have gotten Bayelsa but that is not the way to go. What we are asking for in the case of Imo is a review of the apex court’s judgment and we know there is a window of hope that the right thing will be done.
“We congratulate our governor-elect and we are looking forward to working with him in his quest to further consolidate on the legacies of the outgoing governor,” he said.