…Declares PDP Candidate Winner
…Asks INEC To Issue Fresh Certificate Of Return To PDP Candidate
The Supreme Court today sacked the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo .
The Supreme Court held that the Deputy Governor – elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo submitted forged certificates to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .
Recalled that already the Governor-Elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo were preparing to be inaugurated on Friday .
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The Apex Court ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which are the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s Deputy Governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.
The court upheld the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The court ruled Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won the November 16, 2019 election.
The five-man panel further held that on the basis of that both candidates and their party, the APC ought to have abstained from participating in the election.
Meanwhile, INEC stated that it had not been served with a copy of the judgment as at today’s afternoon.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye said the commission would check is record to see which party came second in the election with a view to issuing its candidate a Certificate of Return.
He said INEC would carry out the judgement of the Supreme Court.
“We would do that when we get the judgement of the Supreme Court so that we would know clearly what the Supreme Court want us to do and we would carry it out”, he said.