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Bayelsa: APC Challenges Supreme Court Judgment, Says It Misinterpreted Federal High Court

Adams Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has filed an application at the Supreme Court, asking it to reverse a judgement that sacked David Lyon as governor-elect of Bayelsa State.

In the application, the APC’s lawyers, Wole Olanipekun and Lateef Fagbemi, respectively, said that the judgment of the Federal High Court was misinterpreted by the apex court, thereby disqualifying Lyon wrongly.
They further argued that the trial court in its judgement delivered on November 12, 2019, found out that Degi-Eremienyo, Deputy Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP):was guilty of submitting forged certificates but that the judge, Inyang Ekwo, refused to grant the PDP’s request, which asked for Lyon’s disqualification.
A five-member panel of the apex court led by Mary Odili, had on February 13, nullified the election of Mr Lyon on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The apex court in the judgment delivered by Ejembi Eko consequently ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Messrs Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo.
The court also ordered that INEC should immediately declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election.
The PDP and its governorship candidate, Mr Diri, had filed a suit against Messrs Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo, and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.
They had claimed that Mr Degi-Eremienyo gave false information in his CF 0001 form submitted to INEC.

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