Bayelsa state Governor, Douye Diri, has rejected a congratulatory message from a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, after his victory at the Supreme Court.
Diri who was quoted by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, described the message by the Personal Assistant to Alaibe, Enize Ogio, as insulting and unacceptable. The Governor wondered why Alaibe went to court in the first place to challenge the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governorship primary which he said was an internal party affair.
“It was an internal party affair, which ordinarily should not have gone beyond the shores of our state.
“We had a very transparent process, which was acknowledged across the country. From the nomination of delegates down to the primaries, everything was done according to the constitution of our party.
“I hereby reject that insulting message from one Enize Ogio. I hereby reject it in totality, and the PDP rejects it too.
“If they accept our olive branch, they should issue a new statement to the let the PDP and the government of Bayelsa know that they are still members of our party” the Governor said.
“When God is involved, nobody can contend with Him because He is the only one that gives power. At the end of the legal battles, PDP was vindicated.
“We thank God and those who stood by us. We thank the National Chairman and the National Working Committee, who stood firmly by the party and our government and defended our mandate from the High Court, the Appeal Court down to the Supreme Court.
“Like we keep saying, the doors are still open even though they have desecrated our party. What was shocking to me was that even after I extended the olive branch of inviting them after that judgement to return, they still brought out one insulting, unconstitutional and illegal statement in the name of a congratulatory message” he added.