The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari over the loss of the governorship seat by the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Supreme Court had last week reversed the emergence of APC’s David Lyon as governor of Bayelsa State, declaring Duoye Diri of the PDP as the validly elected helmsman of the state.
Sylva, a former governor of the oil-rich state, in a statement on Sunday apologised to Buhari and the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, over the development.
He said in the statement: “I want to use this moment to call on all the people of our dear state Bayelsa to kindly shun all acts of violence and lawlessness. Also of great importance to me is to extend my profound apology to our President over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedule which was caused by the events of the moment.
“I am aware that Mr. President and his wife, Aisha Buhari, had concluded arrangements to travel to Bayelsa State to witness the inauguration of the APC governorship candidate as governor. I therefore extend my apology to Mr. President and members of his entourage.
“To the good people of Bayelsa, I would like to emphasise the need for restraint at all times. No doubt the events of the last few days are as painful as they are regrettable. But, however, tempting it might be for anyone to take the law into their hands. Such temptation must be resisted in the greater interest of our state and the political stability of the country at large.
“The leadership of our great party, the All Progressives Congress has directed its team of legal experts to study the situation critically and proffer legal options available to the party accordingly.
“We should therefore all remain faithful to, and have confidence in, the wisdom and ability of the party leadership to provide direction at this very sensitive time.
“Once again I call on all people of Bayelsa State irrespective of whatever differences there may be to eschew violence and respect the security measures put in place by appropriate authorities.
“Let me conclude by assuring Mr. President and our party hierarchy that despite this temporary setback, APC in Bayelsa remains strong.”