S’Court Ruling: Divergent Reactions Trail Lyon’s Sack As Bayelsa Governor-Elect

  • As Judgement Comes Less Than 24Hrs To Inauguration
  • Oshiomhole Condemns Ruling

There has been an outpouring of divergent reactions following a unanimous judgement in which panel of justices led by Justice Mary Odili on Thursday held that Deputy Governorship candidate in the Bayelsa 2019 governorship election, Degi-Eremieoyo presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to facts from the lead judgement as read by Justice Ejembi Eko, the court upheld the November 12, 2019, judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which disqualified Degi-Eremieoyo from participating in the governorship poll.

Degi-Eremieoyo disqualification invalidated their nomination by the APC, since he shared a joint ticket with the governor-elect, the Apex court ruled.

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The apex court then ordered INEC to issue fresh certificates to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election, Duoye Diri being the party with the next highest votes next to the APC.

The election nullification by the Supreme Court came a day to the official inauguration of the sacked governor-elect scheduled for Friday.

Already pictures have surfaced online showing Lyon rehearsing for his inaugural parade.

Reacting to the ruling, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan has congratulated his party over the Supreme Court ruling.

Ologbondiyan in a tweet, wrote: “Congratulations to the PDP family.”

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole while speaking at a media briefing on the supreme court ruling in Abuja, said the party will challenge the judgment in court.

“No other candidate has the constitutional spread to be sworn in as governor; the judgement lacks fruit of justice.

“Our lawyers are already studying the judgment to take the necessary legal action,” Oshiomhole said.


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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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