Supreme Court sacks Bayelsa gov­er­nor­elect, deputy, gives PDP vic­tory

…less than 24hrs to swear­ing-in

Business Day (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - FELIX OMOHOMHION, SOLOMON AYADO (Abuja) & SA­MUEL ESE (Ye­nagoa)

The Supreme Court on Thurs­day nul­li­fied the elec­tion of David Lyon of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and his deputy as gover­nor-elect and deputy gov­er­nor­elect of Bayelsa State in the Novem­ber 16, 2019 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in the state.

The apex court or­dered that the cer­tifi­cate of re­turn is­sued to Lyon and his deputy be with­drawn im­me­di­ately and an­other is­sued to the party and can­di­date who came sec­ond in the elec­tion. With this judg­ment, the can­di­date with the high­est law­ful votes and with wide ge­o­graph­i­cal spread, Diri Duoye of the People’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) who rep­re­sents Bayelsa Cen­tral District at the Se­nate, will now be sworn in along­side his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrud­jakpo, rep­re­sent­ing Bayelsa West Senatorial District. The judg­ment, com­ing barely 24 hours to the swearingin of Lyon as Bayelsa State gover­nor, has left many in the state in pal­pa­ble shock and dis­be­lief. Be­fore the judg­ment, prepa­ra­tions were on top gear for Lyon’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as a good num­ber of APC chief­tains, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, were ex­pected to at­tend the cer­e­mony slated for the main bowl of the Sam­son Si­a­sia Sports Sta­dium, Ye­nagoa. While some Bayelsa cit­i­zens who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment att heap exc our t’ sjudg­ment,fi deli ssori wei, chief press sec­re­tary to out­go­ing Gover­nor Se­ri­ake Dickson, told Busi­ness­Day on phone that the people are happy and cel­e­brat­ing. For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar said the Supreme Court ver­dict declar­ing the PDP can­di­date in the Bayelsa gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion as the duly elected gover­nor shows the apex court wants to free it­self from dom­i­nance of dic­ta­to­rial forces.

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