The Delta governor noted that the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which nullified Dari’s election earlier, ought not to have entertained the petition within the first occasion as it was a pre-election matter and was standing barred.
He counseled the INEC for appearing effectively on the matter as the petitioner, the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) certainly, failed to present a certified candidate for the election.
He also counseled the five-man panel of the Appellate Court for overturning the ruling of the tribunal.
According to the governor, the judgment of the appellate court on the matter is a victory for the nation’s democracy and a reaffirmation of the powers of INEC to act as an unbiased umpire.
“I welcome the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which sat in Abuja on the Bayelsa governorship election petition with immense pleasure and also recognize the judiciary for doing justice to the matter.
“This ruling has once once more reaffirmed the powers of INEC to act as an unbiased umpire, particularly in coping with issues of improper nomination by political events.
I have to commend the braveness and sagacity exhibited by the five-man panel of the court which dominated that the ANDP failed woefully to show that it had a legitimate candidate that was unlawfully excluded by INEC.
“On behalf of my family, the federal government and people of Delta, I congratulate my brother governor, Sen. Diri, on this victory.
“The case was a useless distraction as the election petition tribunal ought not to have entertained the petition because it was a pre-election matter and was also standing barred.
“This victory is for all Bayelsans, and I urge the ANDP to sheathe its sword and work within the interest of the people of the state,’’ the governor said within the assertion.