Ahead of tomorrow’s expected inauguration of Chief David Lyon as the new governor of Bayelsa State, the Supreme Court has voided his election and that of his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
In a judgment on Thursday, the Supreme Court through a five-man panel led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, held that Degi-Ermienyo was not qualified to have contested the election with Lyon.
The Supreme Court jettisoned the judgment of the Court of Appeal and upheld that of Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submitting forged certificates with multiple names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment, held that in view of the discrepancies in the names certificates submitted by Degi-Eremienyo to INEC, he was not qualified for the election.
Subsequently, Justice Ekwo disqualified the APC deputy governorship candidate as a candidate in the election since according to him 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.
INEC was therefore ordered 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.