The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described the Supreme Court’s declaration of Douye Diri as the govenor-elect of Bayelsa State and the sacking of David Lyon, means that Bayelsa State will stay without a governor.
Naija News had reported earlier that the Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the election of Lyon as Bayelsa State governor-elect, and his running mate Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
Lyon who was to be sworn-in on Friday, February 14, was sacked on Thursday, with the Apex court declaring the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Douye Diri as the authentic winner of the election.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Mary Odili ordered Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Justice Odili asked INEC to issue a fresh certificate to the governorship candidate with the highest votes cast and wide geographical spread in the governorship election held on November 16, 2020.
Naija News understands that the Supreme Court sacked Lyon for presenting a running mate with a fake certificate in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Reacting the verdict of the Supreme Court in a statement, Oshiomhole said Bayelsa state will be without a governor as the PDP candidate in the governorship election Diri did not meet the requirements of the Supreme Court.
This online news platform understands that the APC National Chairman said this at a media briefing in Abuja and said the party has the intention to challenge the judgment in court.
Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo State said the certificate of return should be issued to the candidate, who has the constitutional spread asides David Lyon of APC.
His words: “There was no candidate in the election that met the requirement apart from Lyon. The implication is that from Friday Bayelsa will be without a Governor.
“Our lawyers are already studying the judgment to take the necessary legal action,” Oshiomhole opined.