The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed the Supreme Court verdict on the election of Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, and the deputy governor, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

The governor, in a statement, described the ruling as “a victory for democracy.”

According to him, “I congratulate the Governor of Bayelsa State, H.E Douye Diri and his deputy, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on their victory at the Supreme Court, over the petition against their election. The verdict is a victory for democracy. The Supreme Court has upheld the wishes of Bayelsans.”

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The governor, who said the ruling has put paid to issues surrounding the election, noted that Governor Douye is now free from any entanglement to deliver on his promises to Bayelsa people in line with the manifesto of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State.

“While it was necessary for the law to run its course, there was no denying that the legal battle may have stalled some critical projects. With the ruling, we are confident that Bayelsa people would now enjoy the full benefits of the Governor Douye-led PDP government in the state,” he said.

The governor added: “I also commend the Supreme Court on the verdict, which restores stability to the government and puts the state on the path of progress. Bayelsans would be better for it in the long run. I once again congratulate the government and people of Bayelsa State for the outcome at the apex court.”