APC threatens legal action as court sacks Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect


National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has reacted to the sack of its governorship candidate, David Lyon, and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, by the Supreme Court, stating that the inauguration would not hold.

TV360 Nigeria had reported that the apex court disqualified Degi-Eremienyo for certificate forgery on Thursday, February 13, 2020, but addressing journalists in Abuja, Oshiomhole declared that “Nobody will be sworn in on Friday as the new governor in Bayelsa state.”

“In this case nobody apart from David Lyon meet desire spread as expressed by the Supreme Court.”

“The next candidate who happens to be a PDP candidate does not have one-quarter of the votes cast in that election.”

“This judgement lacks the fruit of justice,” Oshiomhole announcedcertificate forgery on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the APC candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa state.

The Court ordered INEC to issue new certificates to the candidates of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, but the APC, insists that aside its candidate, no other individual got the required number of votes

Oshiomhole noted that the APC, through its legal team, would explore all legal options to ensure that its candidate is sworn in as governor of Bayelsa state.


Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.

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