Supreme Court Sacks Bayelsa Governor-Elect, Declares PDP Candidate Winner

David Lyon

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, nullified the Bayelsa State, governor-elect, David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

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The apex court held that Degi-Eremieoyo presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Justice Ejembi Eko who delivered the lead judgement reinstated the November 12, 2019, Judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja that disqualified Degi-Eremieoyo from participating in the governorship poll.

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The apex court held that since Degi-Eremieoyo shared a joint ticket with the governor-elect, his disqualification invalidated their nomination by the All Progressive Congress, APC.

It then ordered INEC to issue fresh certificates to the candidates of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election.

To this end, candidates of the People’s Democratic Party’s candidates have become the winner of the Bayelsa gubernatorial election.

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