PDP BOUNCES BACK IN BAYELSA AS SUPREME COURT SACKS LYON

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 The Supreme Court on Thursday dashed the hope of David Lyon becoming the next Governor of Bayelsa state with the  nullification of his election and that of his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, who were already preparing to be inaugurated into office on February 14.


A five-man panel of the apex 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’ candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state and 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, which are the PDP candidates.


Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment of the apex, made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.


The court ruled that 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.

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