The Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as baseless, infantile and bizarre a statement credited to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state in which it said Senator Douye Diri is an “illegitimate governor.”
The PDP in a reaction by its Publicity Secretary, Barr. Osom Makbere, said the statement is yet another clear proof of the APC as a party with disdain for the rule of law and respect for democratic institutions.
The PDP noted: “The APC has once again gone berserk in their conventional fashion, taking a swipe at the February 13 and 26, 2020 Supreme Court judgments that nullified the heavily rigged November 16, 2019 governorship election as well as the candidacy of its leprously blemished running mate, Sen. Degi Biobarakuma Eremienyo.
“What irks the conscious mind is the audacity with which the desperate APC power-seekers cast contemptuous aspersions on the integrity of the Supreme Court, which did its final adjudicatory obligation in rationalizing upon the jurisprudential implications of bearing multiple names in multiple documents without proper reconciliation.
“Indeed, the Supreme Court was helpless to doing nothing else than nullifying the participation of the APC in that election. Ordinarily, in civilized climes, the APC and its blemished candidate should face the wrath of the law for the rogue benefits it enjoyed as this blemish is a dent on the Senate.
“But instead of repenting and showing remorse, the party, its leader, Chief Timipre Sylva, has rather threatened the people with suicide so as to curry sympathy. We urge the IGP to prosecute Degi Eremienyo over the ruling handed down by the apex court.”
On the allegation that the PDP did not win the election, the party asked: was the APC eligible to participate, talk less of winning an election in which its candidate was ab initio ineligible to participate? Why is it that they have failed to hide themselves in shame, even in the midst of the criminal dents they suffer and are still not sentient to avoid media publicity as though they were civic persons deserving of electoral participation?
The PDP further stated were the INEC vehement in its stance on the APC candidates as a non grata type, the opposition party would not be displaying such unchecked rascality.
“They (the APC) were, therefore, phony persons before the voters, wanting to conceal their ineligibility and benefit from their stench. Sen. Douye Diri therefore hazards no burden of illegitimacy for it was a rogue mandate recovered from a rogue participant, and the mandate by the Supreme Court is renewed in relation to Douye Diri like one with a new garment of righteousness.
“The APC ought to know that even “an illegitimate regime can beget legitimacy” (Read the Madzibamuto vs Lardner-Burke case) and the legitimacy transferred to Sen. Douye Diri is now washed snow-white, as though, never before worn around the leprously blemished APC and Degi.”
On the criticism of the N2.9 billion loan obtained by the Diri administration for the purchase of cars for top government functionaries, our response is that this is a very cheap and unintelligible blackmail.
“It is more laughable when you recall that the APC while waiting to be sworn in in the state had already taken an N8billion loan, with which it purchased cars for persons not yet accorded official portfolios. Sadly, the APC and its structure always look puerile in their role as an opposition party and this calls for deep concern.”