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Supreme Court Sacks Bayelsa Governor-Elect, Lyon - declares PDP candidate, Douye Diri winner

Mr Lyon was sacked for presenting a running mate with a fake certificate in the said election

Recall that the APC polled 352,552 while PDP got 143,170 votes in The last election



David Lyon was reportedly practicing his inauguration parade for his swearing in this week before the Supreme Court nolified his election and ordered his challenger to be sworn in as governor
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Nigeria's Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, who were already preparing to be inaugurated into office.

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.

David Lyon was practicing his inauguration parade for his swearing in this week before the Supreme Court nolified his election and ordered his challenger to be sworn in as governor

The apex court 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, which are the Peoples Democratic Party’s 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.

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.


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