With only hours to the swearing-in of the Bayelsa State Governor-elect it is still not clear who will be sworn in as the governor, although the Supreme Court, had on Thursday, sacked the governor-elect David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.
The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices led by Justice Mary Odili, held that Degi-Eremieoyo presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. It held that the Form CF 001 Degi-Eremieoyo submitted to INEC for the purpose of the November 16, 2019, governorship election in the state, contained false information of fundamental nature.
Justice Ejembi Eko who delivered the lead judgement reinstated the November 12, 2019, Judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja that disqualified Degi-Eremieoyo from participating in the governorship poll. The apex court held that since Degi-Eremieoyo shared a joint ticket with the governor-elect, his disqualification invalidated their nomination by the APC.
Consequently, it ordered INEC to immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return that was issued to them and issue a fresh one to the party that secured the second highest number of votes and got the required constitutional spread.
The judgment followed an appeal that was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, its governorship and deputy governorship candidates in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhruojakpo.
Meanwhile the National Chairman of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomole has sworn that the PDP candidate will not be sworn in.
It remains to be seen what happens today in Yenegoa. Will Oshiomole’s challenge to the Supreme Court hold or will he just eat the humble pie and let justice take its course.
After all it was only a few weeks ago that Oshiomole and his party men were dancing and popping champagne on the streets of Abuja and Owerri following the annulment of Emeka Ihedioha’s election by the same supreme court and declared someone who came fourth winner.
This nation has had enough of gangster politics.