Supreme Court Nullifies APC Victory In Bayelsa, Declares PDP Candidate Winner
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, who were both elected on the platform of the APC.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, wife of former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili has ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the APC candidates as winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The court then ordered INEC to give the victory to the party with the next highest number of votes – the PDP.
The nullification of APC is on the basis of the Federal High Court’s judgment of November 12, 2019 which disqualified Degi-Eremienyo the running of the Governor for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The court ruled Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification affects the joint ticket with the Governorship candidate Lyon, since both of them ran for the election.
Bayelsa State was preparing for inauguration of the new Government on Saturday.