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Breaking: Bayelsa governor reacts to nullification of election

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Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has reacted to the Election Petition Tribunal which nullified his election on Monday, saying that he has instructed his lawyers to proceed on appeal immediately.

Speaking shortly after the tribunal ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly excluded the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) governorship candidate from the November 16, 2019 election, said he has implicit confidence in the judiciary that he would triumph in the end.

His words: “We trust in the judiciary and we are appealing the judgement. With God on our side, we will get justice.

“This is a court of first instance and I have instructed our lawyers to file an appeal. We have a right of appeal even up to the Supreme Court.

In a statement issued by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabama, Diri urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his supporters not to panic and to continue to remain calm and law-abiding.

He contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, won the election and took over from Seriake Dickson.

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