Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, has called on the people of Bayelsa State to remain calm and avoid any action capable of disrupting order and peace in the state.
Sylva said this in a statement he personally signed and was issued on Sunday in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling which nullified the election of David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and declared Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the legitimate state governor.
“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,” the statement read.
Sylva, a former governor of the state, also apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife Aisha for what he termed as “disruption of his busy schedule”.
“Also of great importance to me is to extend my profound apology to our President, Muhammadu Buhari, 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 to witness the inauguration of the APC Governorship candidate as Governor of Bayelsa State.
“I, therefore, extend my apology to Mr President and members of his entourage,” the statement read.
The minister stated that although the events of the last few days were provocative and regrettable, the people must show restraint at all times.
He added that the APC is currently reviewing and exploring all legal options concerning the apex court’s pronouncement.
“But however tempting it might be for anyone to take the law into one’s 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 (APC), has directed its team of legal experts to study the situation critically and proffer legal options available to the party accordingly,” the statement read.
Sylva urged the people of Bayelsa to remain faithful and have confidence in the wisdom and ability of the party leadership to provide direction at this very sensitive time.