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Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has described Tuesday’s Supreme Court victory as God’s divine intervention in the affairs of his administration.

Diri said this at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa, at a brief thanksgiving service to celebrate the dismissal of a pre-election suit challenging his candidature in the Nov. 16, 2019, governorship poll.

Chief Timi Alaibe had in a suit challenged Diri’s emergence as governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the primaries held in September 2019.

Top government officials and party supporters gathered at the service to thank God for the Supreme Court victory.

Diri, represented by the Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, dedicated the victory to God and called on Bayelsa people, including the opposition, to join hands with him in building the state.

He said that Bayelsa people could not afford divisive tendencies capable of jeopardising the efforts of the present administration to move the state forward.

Diri also expressed gratitude to the Supreme Court for its uprightness and incorruptibility in the dispensation of justice.

The judgment, according to him, has further rekindled the people’s confidence in the Judiciary.

“This victory again shows that power comes from God alone. We also want to thank God for giving us, mortal and sinful people, the opportunity to serve this state.

“As you are aware, there has been a lot of hype about this case. But we thank God, He has proved His supremacy over the affairs of men.

“You can see that even the elements are celebrating today. The showers of blessings are raining in Bayelsa.

“Right from the Federal High Court, Owerri, it has been the same song that Gov. Diri has no case to answer.

“The same song was repeated at the Appeal Court and now the final court in the land has also said he has no case.

“While we are basking in the euphoria of this victory, we want to use this opportunity to again call on all Bayelsans of all shades, colours, heights and dialects to join the prosperity administration to build our state.

“This is because together we can make progress than this division we are creating for ourselves,” he said.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the service, the governor’s wife, Mrs Gloria Diri, attributed the victory to God.

She noted that the victory would provide the much needed stability for her husband and his team to drive the properity agenda of his administration.

The governor’s wife assured the women of empowerment programmes and other dividends of democracy.

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