Why Supreme Court voided Lyon’s election as Bayelsa governor

Eric Ikhilae, Abuja


THE Supreme Court on Thursday voided the election of Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon, on the grounds that his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false personal information to contest the  November 16, 2019  governorship election in the state.

A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, held in a judgment that Degi-Ermienyo,  was not qualified to have contested the election with Lyon.

The court therefore  affirmed the November 12, 2019 judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court(FHC),   Abuja  which disqualified  Degi-Eremienyo   for submitting forged certificates with multiple names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The apex court set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal on the case, which had reversed the decision of the FHC.

Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the apex court   lead judgment, held that the deputy governor-elect  presented forged certificates to…

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