Diri Lauds Buhari For Signing Electoral Act.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been praised by Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri for signing the modified Electoral Act bill into law.
Diri presented the award at the State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, yesterday. The governor was described in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, as adding that the president’s signature of the measure was an indication that he wanted democracy to thrive in Nigeria.
He said that the days of vote box theft, rigging, political thuggery, and bloodshed were over, citing sections in the electoral law that outline how modern elections should be handled.
He encouraged politicians considering running for politics to avoid stirring up the polity and instead quietly confer with their political leaders.
While conceding that appointees in his government had the right to run for elective office, he reiterated his demand for them to quit or be fired if they fail to fulfill their tasks and cause governance to suffer.
The governor emphasized that the state’s current peace should be maintained by everybody, and that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will work together to ensure that those who are destined by God emerge as the party’s flag bearers through primary elections.
He congratulated his cabinet members for their dedication to ensuring the implementation of government policies and programs, stating that their actions demonstrated that their selection was not a mistake.
The Bayelsa governor also praised the people of Bayelsa for their support for his administration, which was evident during the state’s two-year anniversary celebrations.
He said: “I like to use today’s Executive Council meeting to acknowledge Mr. President and thank him for signing the Electoral Act into law.
“That has been the bane of our democracy. Elections are the basis of having good governance, of selecting good leaders, and Mr. President has demonstrated that he wants democracy to thrive in Nigeria by signing the bill.
“So, on behalf of the deputy governor and indeed Bayelsa State, we appreciate Mr. President for assenting to that bill. If there is one gift that Mr President has given to Nigeria in his whole eight years, this is it.”