Bayelsa Supreme Court judgment danger to Nigeria’s democracy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted the Supreme Court judgment which sacked its candidate, David Lyon, as the governor-elect of Bayelsa State.

The apex court sacked Mr Lyon on Thursday on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented a false certificate to the electoral body, INEC, in the build-up to the election.

Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had the second-highest number of votes and secured 25 per cent of votes in five of Bayelsa’s eight local governments and is expected to be declared the winner of the November 16 election.

However, the national chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole, said the “judgement lacks the fruits of justice” and was based on mere technicalities which portend “danger to our…

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