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The inauguration of Chief David Lyon that was truncated by the supreme court judgement paved way for the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva to tender an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari for “disruption to his busy schedule”
Sylva said the apology is very necessary because he was aware that the President, his wife, Aisha and top Presidency officials had made preparations to be in Yenagoa on Friday to witness Lyon take his oath of office before the sudden judgement by the supreme that halted the process.
The statement reads: 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 former governor urged aggrieved members of the APC in the state to remain calm and resist the temptation of taking laws into their hands.
“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.”
Sylva had earlier stated that the stolen mandate will be restored.