The Supreme Court sacking of the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo is obviously a shock.
First, because the judgment was coming a day before the swearing in of the two and few months after an Appeal Court had ruled in favour of the APC on the same matter.
According to the five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state because the Deputy presented fake certificate for the election.
The court upheld the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The court ruled that Mister Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2019.
The Apex Court ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which are the Peoples Democratic Party led by their candidate, Diri Duoye.
The implication of this judgement goes beyond being a victory for the PDP and outgoing Governor, Seriake Dickson who installed his cousin against the wish of his party stalwarts but also a big blow to former President Good luck Jonathan.
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Jonathan had kicked against the choice of Diri for Timi Alaibe, his preferred candidate by Dickson. It was reported that the Governor gave huge some of money to PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus to ensure the victory of Diri against Timi in the party’s primaries.
It is also believed that the ex President to pay Dickson back in his own coin, heavily supported Lyon against his party’s candidate. Infact, to show appreciation, the APC election entourage to Bayelsa paid him a thank you visit after Lyon was declared winner of the election. No more eyes brows couldn’t have been raised.
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The whole situation has now changed with this surprising Supreme Court verdict especially as regards the fate of Jonathan in Bayelsa now that his enemies are having the last laugh.
Many people are of the opinion that it is either the ex President vacate the state or make peace with Dickson or else things might be a little bit harder for him.
Remember the attack on his security personnel in his house believed to be works of political enemies.
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