A five-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, has nullified the election of Bayelsa governor-elect, David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the deputy governor, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, on Thursday.
Both men were preparing to be inaugurated on Friday, but the Supreme Court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to them.
The APC candidates had been declared winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state, but in the new judgement, the apex court ordered INEC to issue fresh 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, which are candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment of the apex court, made the orders after disqualifying the APC deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.
The court upheld the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which had disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The court ruled Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won the November 16, 2019 election.