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Jubilation in Bayelsa as tribunal sacks Diri

Tribunal ruling a temporal setback - Diri

Singing and dancing in Yenagoa

There is an ongoing jubilation across Bayelsa State following the sack of Governor Douye Diri by the election tribunal.

Diri was sacked by the tribunal, which described as illegal the exclusion of the All Nigerian Democratic Party (ANDP) from the contest.

Supporters of the All Progressive Congress candidate, Mr David Lyon, who was sacked by the Supreme Court because of the questionable certificate of his deputy, took to the street to rejoice.

Hundreds of youths, women and elderly were seen dancing with brooms and sweeping the streets of Yenagoa and other towns in the state.

But Diri said immediately after the judgment that he had directed his lawyers to appeal the judgment.

He described the judgment as a temporary setback which did not in law affect the status quo until appeal processes were exhausted.

The former Governor said in a statement by his media advisor, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, on Monday that the PDP and the government would appeal the judgment.

He stressed that there was no vacancy in the Bayelsa Government House as Diri remains governor until a final decision on the issue was reached at the Supreme Court.

Dickson urged Bayelsans to go about their lawful duties without any disturbance because of the judgment on the suit filed by the Advanced Nigerian Democratic Party against its purported exclusion in the election by the INEC.

He said: “I urge Bayelsans to remain calm. They shouldn’t misinterpret what took place at the tribunal today.

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