Bayelsa APC ex-lawmaker, Sunny-Goli accepts defeat, congratulates opponent

A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli has accepted the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal which upheld the February 25, 2023, election of Hon. Marie Ebikake, as the member representing Brass/Nembe Federal Constituency of the State.

Sunny-Goli also congratulated the PDP candidate, Ebikake, and declined the pressure to appeal the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal.

Sunny-Goli, in a statement issued on Thursday in Yenagoa, said he would not proceed further.

“After assessing the recent judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal, delivered on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, which upheld the victory of my opponent in the February 25, 2023, House of Representatives election, for the Brass/Nembe Federal Constituency, Hon. Marie Ebikake, and the impediment a prolonged legal tussle poses to the development of our constituency, I have arrived at the conclusion that it is best to accept the decision of the Tribunal and not go on to appeal its decision.

“My decision is predicated on my personal experience after the 2019 election, wherein, I was dragged before the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal respectively by my opponent, who happens to be the same Hon. Ebikake.

“Without mincing words, I must admit that the legal tussle was unsettling and distractive, and I sincerely do not wish to be a clog in the wheel of progress for the very people I seek to serve, by stretching this legal tussle beyond the Election Petition Tribunal.

“It is on this note that I congratulate Hon. Marie Ebikake on her victory in the February 2023 House of Representatives election, as well as the favourable judgement she got against me from the Election Petition Tribunal.

“I look forward to seeing her bring the dividends of democracy to our people as she settles down to the business of representing them in the National Assembly.

“Let me also use this medium to encourage my supporters and followers alike. This is by no means an end to our political aspirations, as the future holds for us, prospects brighter than whatever we may have achieved in the course of our political journey.

“I implore you to remain calm and hopeful, as this is only a temporary setback in our political voyage and we shall bounce back from it bigger, stronger and better. A new chapter with greater prospect awaits us, and soon, we shall have a reason to be thankful for the benevolence of God towards us.”