The Peoples Democratic Party has warned the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomole, to steer clear of Bayelsa following his comment on the Supreme Court judgment which nullified the election of David Lyon as the state governor.
Oshiomole at a press conference on Thursday said no one should be sworn-in as governor of Bayelsa on Friday (tomorrow), claiming that only the APC candidate met the “desired spread as expressed by the Supreme Court.”
The apex court after sacking David Lyon of the APC as the governor-elect of the state had asked INEC to declare the candidate of the party with the next highest number of votes and required constitutional spread as the winner of the state’s governorship election.
Reacting to Oshiomole’s comment, the PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described it as “an empty and inconsequential ranting.”
The party warned the APC chairman to be careful “with his utterances and not use any forms of venomous garrulity and clear misuse of language to destabilize our nation and truncate our hard earned democracy.”
“The people of Bayelsa state knows as a fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under our laws, cannot take instructions from any individual, let alone a factional national chairman of a dysfunctional political party like the APC.
“The PDP, as a law-abiding party, counsels Oshiomhole to rein in himself and desist from all odious designs against Bayelsa state, her people and government.
“The PDP also calls on the people of Bayelsa state to remain calm as their mandate has been restored and cannot be taken away by the ranting of any individual who has no stake whatsoever in the wellbeing of his own home state,” PDP stated.