PDP calls for calm ahead of Supreme Court ruling on governorship election
The Court of Appeal had earlier upheld the election of Seriake Dickson as Governor of Bayelsa state.
The state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Cleopas Moses has also called on party members to remain calm and maintain law and order.
Moses, who expressed confidence in the judiciary, called on the judges to resist all forms of pressure from interested parties.
He said ‘‘Governor Seriake Dickson of the PDP overwhelmingly won the December 5 and January 9 governorship elections in Bayelsa State in 7 out of 8 local government areas of the state. Timipre Sylva and the APC were roundly rejected by Bayelsans in the elections. Both the trial court and the Appeal Court justifiably upheld the election of my Governor and it will be preposterous for the Supreme Court to cancel the election just because the Presidency wanted it cancelled.
‘‘ For me, cancelling the election will stab justice on the head and make mockery of democracy and it is against this backdrop that I urge the judiciary to always stand up to be counted in dispensing justice and in the defence of democracy in our fatherland.”
The National President of the Movement for the Independence of the Judiciary in the Niger Delta (MIJN), Patrick Egribido, alleged that some politicians are mounting pressure on the Supreme Court to cancel the governorship election.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Thursday, September 8, 2016,upheld the election of Seriake Dickson as Governor of Bayelsa state.
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