Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan congratulated the newly installed governor of the state of Bayelsa, Douye Diri.
In a congratulatory message posted on his Facebook page, Jonathan asked Diri to “build bridges of unity, entrenching a culture of love, justice and justice, in our politics” in the oil-rich state.
Diri was sworn in a few hours ago in Yenagoa. He succeeded Seriake Dickson.
Diri, the Democratic People's Party candidate, PDP, became governor after the Supreme Court on Thursday sacked APC candidate All Progressives Congress, which won the November 2019 governor election, David Lyon, because his deputy falsified documents submitted to the electoral commission, to help him get qualified to run in the elections.
Lyon was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Violence broke out in the state capital, Yenagoa, and in other parts of the state, on Friday afternoon, when APC supporters in the state protested the looting of their candidate.
See Mr. Jonathan's congratulatory message to Governor Diri below:
“I congratulate His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, who today took an oath, as the 5th civil governor of the state of Bayelsa, in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict yesterday, February 13, 2020.
“As a governor, the responsibility for building hope and sustaining peace across the state is now on your shoulders. I ask that you always keep in mind that you are the governor of all Bayelsans and take advantage of this moment of glory to build bridges of unity, entrenching a culture of love, justice and justice in our community.
“Your journey to Creek Haven is divine, so I advise you to use the position of doing good to humanity and seeking the development of the State, in order to write your name in gold. You have worked with me before as Commissioner, so I am sure that you will live up to the expectations of our people.
"I ask all Bayelsans to be law-abiding, peaceful and sincerely adopt this transition, and work together for a united and prosperous state."