Minister of State for petroleum Timipre Sylva has urged citizens in Bayelsa State to shun all acts of violence and lawlessness on reaction to the twist witnessed in the emergence of a new governor for the state.
In a press statement released today, 16th of February, the minster apologized to the president Muhammadu Buhari, over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedule which was caused by the judgment of the Supreme Court.
He says, the president and his wife Aisha Buhari had concluded arrangements to travel to Bayelsa to witness the inauguration of the APC Governorship candidate as Governor of Bayelsa State, before the “disappointing vents.”
The minister said that the events of the last few days are as provocative as they are regrettable but stressed that it is important for restraint at all times.
He added that the leadership the All Progresives Congress (APC) 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.
“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 and its members resolute in our support for the ideals of a greater and prosperous Nigeria as envisioned by our President, Muhammadu Buhari,” Sylva said.