YENAGOA – Bayelsa State governor, Senator Douye Diri, has donated the N40 million awarded by the Supreme Court to him and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, to the church, to promote the work of God.
Diri announced the donation on Saturday during a special thanksgiving service at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa.
His acting Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, said the service, tagged ‘Victory Thanksgiving’, was put together to appreciate God for His intervention.
Diri, who was full of gratitude to God and Bayelsans for their support and prayers, described Wednesday’s Supreme Court review verdict as an act of God that became a reality through the wisdom and courage of the apex court.
He said: “What has happened only proves the fact that there is a God that rules in the affairs of men. His decisions are final and supreme. There is no Supreme Court greater than the Supreme Court of God.
“He gave that judgment through the learned justices and some people felt they had to question Him. And God spoke through that woman that delivered the judgment. According to her, who are you to question the supremacy of the Supreme Court?
“And so, for desecrating the temple of justice, a cost of N10 million each was imposed on two of the senior lawyers that represented the other party to be paid to three of the respondents, which included me and my deputy.
“Without even consulting my deputy, I have decided that both of us will surrender our N20 million each, that is N40 million, to the work of God in the church.”
He underscored the need for the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to embrace the olive branch extended to them for the sake of peace and sustainable development of the state.
According to the governor, intelligence report at his disposal indicated that some opposition elements were still bent on fomenting trouble over the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Supreme Court.
He warned them to desist from unwholesome activities as his government would not hesitate to deploy the full weight of the law to maintain peace and order in the state.
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