Supreme Court Sacks Bayelsa Governor-Elect, David Lyon

The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Thursday ordered the Governor-elect of Bayelsa, David Lyon, and his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo vacate their positions in the state’s government.

The ruling which was supported unanimously by the five-man panel of justice led by Justice Mary Odili based its verdict on the fact that the deputy, Degi-Eremieoyo presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The judge upholds the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja that disqualified Degi-Eremieyo from participating in the November 12, 2019 election.

Since the electorate voted for both Lyon and Degi-Eremieoyo, the court ruled the ineligibility of deputy translates to the disqualification of the two candidates.

The APC candidate, David Lyon had polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Duoye Diri, who scored 143,172 votes.

Of the eight local government areas in Bayelsa, the Governor-elect won in six LGAs while his PDP rival claimed the remaining two LGAs.

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