By Shola Abayomi.
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, on Thursday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Lyon, who is of All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the judgement read by Justice Ejembi Ekwo, INEC was directed to issue a fresh Certificate of Return to Sen. Douye Diri, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election.
The court upheld the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which disqualified the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
It held that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won the November 16, 2019 election.