The Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, who were supposed to be sworn-in today February 14 in Bayelsa State as the new governor of the state.
The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to them as the All Progressives Congress’ candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili 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.
While delivering the lead judgement, Justice Ejembi Ekwo, made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.
Degi-Eremienyo had earlier been disqualified by The the Federal High Court in Abuja on November 12 2019, the apex court upheld the judgment which disqualified him in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The apex court ruled that deputy governor- elect disqualification had jeopardised the joint ticket with which he and the governor -elect Lyon, ran for and won the November 16, 2019 election.