Yenagoa - Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that the era of manipulating the judiciary to get judgments and electoral victories through the back-door were over in Nigeria.
The governor spoke against the backdrop of the Supreme Court ruling on the governorship elections in Rivers, Abia and Akwa-Ibom States.
Dickson in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson on Tuesday, said it would be foolhardy for anyone to think that he could upturn the decision of the people by manipulating the judicial process.
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While attributing his victory over the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Timipre Sylva in the recently concluded governorship election to divine intervention, the governor insisted that his opponent was relying on the judiciary to make him governor.
The statement reads: 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 poll 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.”
- News 24