Supreme Court aborts Lyon’s Bayelsa dream
Two days after securing victory at the Supreme Court over the Bayelsa governorship race, the Supreme Court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return the commission gave to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, David Lyon, and issue a new one to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Diri Duoye.
The apex court’s order was as a result of the nullification of the election of Lyon on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
This development played out two days after the Supreme Court, dismissed an appeal challenging the APC governorship primary election in the state.
The apex court in the judgment delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko ordered that INEC should immediately declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election.
The PDP and its governorship candidate, Diri, had filed a suit against Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo, and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.
They had claimed that Degi-Eremienyo gave false information in his CF 0001 form submitted to INEC.
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