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BREAKING: Supreme Court Sacks Bayelsa Governor-elect, Declares PDP Winner

Following an appeal that was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, its governorship and deputy governorship candidates in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhruojakpo.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Sacks Bayelsa Governor-elect, Declares PDP Winner

The governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo, have been on Tuesday sacked by the Supreme Court.

Justice Mary Odili, who led the panel of five-man justices held that Degi-Eremieoyo presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

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It held that the Form CF 001 Degi-Eremieoyo submitted to INEC for the purpose of the November 16, 2019, governorship election in the state, contained false information of fundamental nature.

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According to Justice Ejembi Eko who delivered the lead judgement reinstated the November 12, 2019, Judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja that disqualified Degi-Eremieoyo from participating in the governorship poll.

The apex court held that since Degi-Eremieoyo shared a joint ticket with the governor-elect, his disqualification invalidated their nomination by the All Progressive Congress, APC.

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The court however, ordered INEC to immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return that was issued to them and issue a fresh one to the party that secured the second highest number of votes and got the required constitutional spread.

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