Supreme Court Ruling: Stay away from Bayelsa, PDP warns Oshiomhole

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to Adams Oshiomhole’s remarks on the current political development in Bayelsa.

The party warned the APC national chairman to stay away from the state.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Odili on Thursday nullified the election of David Lyon on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship election.

With the judgment, the candidate of the PDP in the election, Diri Duoye, is expected to be sworn in this Friday, having received the second largest votes in the election.

Mr Oshiomhole in his reaction to the court judgment said nobody should be sworn in as the new governor of Bayelsa State on Friday.

Mr Oshiomhole, at a press briefing at the party’s secretariat in Abuja shortly after the court verdict, said only the APC candidate met the “desired spread as expressed by the Supreme Court.

“The next candidate who happens to be the PDP candidate does not have one-quarter of the votes cast in that election…,” he added.

The PDP in its reaction said Mr Oshiomhole’s comment was “an empty and inconsequential ranting.”

The party in a statement from its national spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, warned the APC national chairman to steer clear of Bayelsa “as his apparent plots to trigger violence in the state has failed.

The PDP advised Mr Oshiomhole to be careful with his utterances “and not use any forms of venomous garrulity and clear misuse of language to destabilise our nation and truncate our hard-earned democracy.

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