DOUYE DIRI, an incumbent governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday, joined chieftains of the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) to rejoice with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This was after the Supreme Court affirmed the election of Bola Tinubu as duly elected president in the 2023 general election.
In its judgment on Thursday, the seven-member panel held that the issues canvassed by Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party were the same as those of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, and there was no need for a repeat.
It therefore affirmed the ruling of the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal that upheld the victory of Tinubu in the election.
Meanwhile, following the unanimous decision of the seven-member panel, well-wishers at the Villa rushed into President Tinubu’s office to congratulate him.
While this was ongoing, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State, who is a member of the PDP, was captured in a video rejoicing with the president.
He walked up to the nation’s number one citizen and shook hands with him.
Tinubu, who was basking in joy, was heard saying, ‘Oh! Diri, you are looking good. I used to see him on television.”
Nyesom Wike, Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who is also a PDP chieftain, was seen in the president’s office.
Diri is standing for reelection mid-next month.
Timipre Sylva, his main challenger, who is of the APC, is battling to have his disqualification from the poll by a Federal High Court upturned at the Court of Appeal.