CHINEDU WOSU, Yenagoa
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, Tuesday, said that the era of manipulation of the nation’s Judiciary in order to obtain favourable judgments through the back door is over in Nigeria.
The governor who equally lauded the party following the Supreme Court ruling on the governorship election in Rivers, Abia and Akwa-Ibom States, noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the recently-concluded gubernatorial poll in the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, was relying on the judiciary to install him as governor.
Dickson speaking during a live Radio and Television programme in Yenagoa, said ‘it would be foolhardy for anyone to think that he could upturn the decision of the people by manipulating the judicial process.’
He equally expressed his readiness to face the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the state’s Election Petition Tribunal, saying, he has ‘enough evidence to counter all the issues raised in their petition.’
“Election is all about the people and since they have spoken through their votes, it will be difficult for it to be upturned as he wondered the kind of magic the APC was expecting at the Tribunal.”
“I am very surprised that, instead of congratulating me and working with us to rebuild our state to move forward as a people, he is being misled or is misleading others to think that the Judiciary can be manipulated to see how they can upturn the popular will of the people.
“I believe that the recent judgment of the Supreme Court and the recent posture of the Supreme Court should make people to think twice. The message from the Judiciary, now is that, those who want to be governors should win popular votes from their people.
“The message is that, you cannot lose an election; rejected by your people at the polls and then come through the back door to hoodwink the Judiciary to give you a mandate that your people never gave you. If that message is lost on the Bayelsa APC and their candidate, who is going about compromising national institutions; then it’s unfortunate.”