The sacked All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Mr David Lyon, has finally conceded defeat and accepted the Supreme Court judgments nullifying his election.
A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta had on Wednesday dismissed the applications of the APC seeking a review of its February 13 judgment voiding the election of Lyon and his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
Lyon said, in a statement on Thursday, that he had no choice than to accept the decision of the apex court “to maintain its earlier judgment” on the review exercise.
Similarly, the state Chairman of the APC, Mr Jothan Amos, called on the people of the state to accept the party’s fate as declared by the Supreme Court.
Amos, who spoke in Yenagoa on Thursday, said no matter how painful the judgement was, party members and the people of the state should accept it in good faith, remain calm and maintain the peace.
Lyon said that “as distressing as it is”, the verdict of the apex court was final “and we are all bound to accept the outcome as law-abiding citizens of this great country.”
He said he was aware the judicial decision had further dashed the hopes of the people as it upturned their mandate to him.
He called on his supporters and all lovers of peace and justice “to accept this verdict and maintain the peace.”
Lyon said, “I strongly appeal against all forms of violence or any conduct that threatens the peace and development of our state.
“I strongly believe that God still loves Bayelsans and will still allow His will to come to pass in their lives.”
He expressed gratitude to the leadership of the APC at all levels for their tenacity and upholding the ideals of constitutional democracy.
He further appealed to all Bayelsans not to shy away from participating in the governance of the state for the common good.