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Senator Douye Diri, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Bayelsa state has been sworn in as the 5th civilian Executive Governor of that State.

Before Diri’s swearing-in, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo had earlier taken oath of office as deputy governor of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier in the day presented Certificate of Return to Diri as winner of the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.

The electoral commission presented the certificate to him during a briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu told newsmen that Diri was declared the winner after top officials met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC, which have been voided by the court.

Naijaparry reports that Diri’s victory follows a S upreme Court verdict that sacked the governor-elect of Bayelsa Sta te, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment on Thursday, gave the order after disqualifying the APC deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo.

The court ruled that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won on November 16, 2019.

A five-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, then ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to the APC candidate.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was sworn in on Friday as the 5th Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State.

Diri’s swearing-in as governor of the oil-rich state was in compliance with the verdict of the Supreme Court on Thursday which sacked All Progressives Congress’ (APC) David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

In his congratulatory message on Friday, Jonathan urged the new governor to always bear in mind that you are the Governor of all Bayelsans and to seize this moment of glory to build bridges of unity by entrenching a culture of love, fairness and justice in our polity.

He described Diri’s journey to becoming governor as a divine one and advised him to use the position to do good to humanity and pursue the development of the State in order to write your name in gold.

The former President’s statement read in part, “As Governor, the responsibility of building hope and sustaining peace across the State now lies on your shoulders. I urge you to always bear in mind that you are the Governor of all Bayelsans and to seize this moment of glory to build bridges of unity by entrenching a culture of love, fairness and justice in our polity.

“Your journey to Creek Haven is a divine one, so I advise you to use the position to do good to humanity and pursue the development of the State in order to write your name in gold. You have worked with me before as a commissioner, so I am without doubt that you will live up to the expectations of our people.

“I call on all Bayelsans to be law-abiding, peaceful and embrace this transition in all sincerity, and work together towards a united and prosperous State. Congratulations Your Excellency.”