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Give Me Right Of First Refusal On Bayelsa Gov Ticket, David Lyon Tells APC



The 2019 Bayelsa Governor-elect Chief David Lyon has requested the ProgressivesCongress ( APC) to concede to him the right of first refusal for the party’s ticket for the November 11 election.

He made this request on Tuesday after submitting the expression of interest and nomination forms for the party’s governorship ticket at the April 10 primary election at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Lyon lost the governorship seat a day before his swearing-in following a court judgement that disqualified his running mate, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

The court, in a judgement by Justice Inyang Ekwo, invalidated Degi-Eremienyo’s participation in the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, November 16 after it found him guilty of supplying false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Lyon, who appreciated the opportunity to fly the kite of the party in 2019, pleaded with the party to give him the honour to be the person on the ballot for the party.

He said: “Allow me to request our great party APC to grant me the right of first refusal regarding our party primary date as outlined by the national headquarters.”

Addressing newsmen after submitting his nomination forms, Lyon said: “With profound gratitude and great humility, I  just submitted my nomination and intent form to contest the primaries for the governorship election of Bayelsa state under the platform of our great party All progressives Congress( APC).

“I want to use this medium to thank especially the state and  National executives of our party that gave me the privilege to be the party candidate in the 2019 governorship elections which I won but God knows best I wasn’t sworn in As Governor.

“In the same light, I want to thank the good people of  Bayelsa state who voted massively for me in that election also. Equally, I want to appreciate everybody that has travelled far and wide to join me in this historic moment.”

The governorship hopeful appealed to Nigerians and residents to vote for APC presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose track record in human capacity development, he said is unequalled.


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