Saraki Congratulates Douye Diri, Calls for Reconciliation in Bayelsa PDP


Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Sen. Douye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ehrudjakpor on their emergence as the Governor- elect and deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State respectively. 

Saraki in a statement issued on Friday also tasked members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state on genuine reconciliation. 

The former Senate President added that only genuine reconciliation could make the party fully deliver on its campaign promises to the people of the state. 

“I congratulate Senator Duoye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ehrudjakpor on being declared as the Governor Elect and Deputy Governor Elect of Bayelsa State. I pray Allah will give them the wisdom to deliver on the wishes and aspirations of all Bayelsans.

“On this basis, I appeal to our party faithful in the State to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by the decision of the Supreme Court to pursue and achieve genuine reconciliation.

“Last year I served as Chairman of the Committee set up by PDP to pursue reconciliation within our ranks in Bayelsa. I make this appeal knowing that only genuine reconciliation will give us the foundation to fully deliver on our campaign promises to the Bayelsan people,” Saraki said. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday declared Diri and his running mate the winner of the state governorship election in compliance with the Supreme Court order which nullified the election of David Lyon of the APC. 

PDP in Bayelsa has been in crisis since the process leading to the choice of Diri as governorship candidate.

The crisis worsened after the loss of the party at the polls leading to accusation against some members, including former president Goodluck Jonathan, working against the party.