Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, the National Coordinator of the Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, has noted that the All Progressives Congress sacrificed its governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, to compensate the Peoples Democratic Party over its candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, who was sacked by the Supreme Court in Imo State.
He, however, stated that the ruling party did not carry its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, in its plan to sacrifice Bayelsa State to PDP.
Recall that the Supreme Court on Thursday sacked the governor-elect, David Lyon and his Deputy, Degi-Eremieoyo for presenting a fack certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Barrister Bamgbose alleged that the ruling party compensated PDP to calm their nerves over the ruling of the apex court in Imo State.
The lawyer in his statement said, “The Supreme Court judgment in favour of PDP candidate Duoye Diri, Bayelsa State, was a calculated and a strategic attempt to pacify PDP for the loss of Imo State.”
“The judgment was a big shock to PDP because they possibly thought they have lost out in Bayelsa.”
“However critical appraisal of the judgment has shown clearly that it was meant to calm down nerves and pacify PDP for the loss of Imo State to APC recently at the Supreme Court.”
“Ihedioha can as well fort forget about returning to Government House as Governor of Imo State. The review sought by him, no matter the weight, won’t see the light of the day.”
“Let him bid goodbye to his ambition for now. One seriously doubts the feasibility of reviewing the matter in his favour. The APC was highly instrumental in perfecting this plan.”
“The International Community have been showing interest in the case but as it stands now, the game is over.”
“PDP has been ‘politically settled’ and certainly they won’t be protesting even if it loses at the Supreme Court in respect of the review case.”
“Oshiomole was actually kept in the dark as to the APC plan to surrender Bayelsa State to PDP as a form of ‘compensation’.”
“However it should be stated here that this is not good for our political growth.”
“The Judiciary should be independent. There should be no interference whatsoever in the discharge of its functions and responsibilities. There must be clear separation of powers.”