Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Governor Duoye Diri for winning the Bayelsa State governorship election.
Recall that INEC on Monday declared that Diri polled a total of 175,196 votes to win the election, defeating other candidates, including his closest rival, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who got 110,108 votes.
Reacting, Atiku congratulated the people of Bayelsa for voting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“I heartily congratulate Your Excellency, Governor Duoye Diri of our great party, and Bayelsa on his hard-fought and well-won electoral victory against all odds.
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“Your reelection reflects the confidence reposed in you by your people based on your performance in your first term.
“I congratulate the people of Bayelsa who stood firmly by their votes, by the PDP, and by the Governor,” he wrote on X.
Meanwhile, The Chairman of the Supreme Court panel hearing the appeals against the election of President Bola Tinubu, Justice John Okoro, said on Monday that the Peoples Democratic Party standard bearer in the February presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, must prove the allegation of certificate forgery levelled against the ex-Lagos State governor beyond reasonable doubt.
Okoro handed down the admonition during the hearing of the election petition appeals filed by Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
He stated this following the submission of Atiku’s lead counsel, Chris Uche, SAN, urging the court to admit the fresh evidence brought by the petitioners.
In his bid to nullify Tinubu’s victory and prove the allegation that he was not qualified to contest the presidential poll, Atiku had prayed to an Illinois Chicago district court to order the Chicago State University to release the President’s academic records.
The former vice-president had accused Tinubu of falsifying the CSU diploma of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration awarded in 1979 that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.