The Supreme Court has nullified the election of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo as Bayelsa State governor-elect.
This is coming barely 24 hours to his inuaguration the Supreme Court has sacked Mr David Lyon as Governor Elect of Bayelsa State.
Leading a five-man panel, Justice Mary Peter-Odili, on Thursday, February 13, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to them.
The court also ordered the electoral umpire 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 held on November 16, 2019.
Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri and his running mate Senator Lawrence Ewrujakpor were however declared winner as they polled the next highest votes.
Reading the lead judgement, Justice Ejembi Ekwo disqualified Mr Degi-Eremienyo as a candidate in the election.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had on November 12, 2019, disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The apex court upheld the judgement, ruling that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected his joint ticket with Lyon.