The Supreme Court, has on Thursday, sacked the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo from power in a unanimous decision reached by a five-man panel of Justices led by Justice Mary Odili.
The hearing was on the basis that Degi-Eremieoyo, the deputy Governor had presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to reports emerging from the Supreme Court, the Form CF 001 Degi-Eremieoyo submitted to INEC for the purpose of the November 16, 2019, governorship election in the state, possess false information in regards to essential details.
Justice Ejembi Eko, who delivered this major judgement, have now reinstated the November 12, 2019, Judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja which initially disqualified Degi-Eremieoyo from participating in the governorship poll.
The apex court argued that since Degi-Eremieoyo shared a joint ticket with the governor-elect, his disqualification invalidated the entire nomination by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Accordingly, the court also ordered that the electoral body, INEC, should immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return that was issued to them and hand over fresh ones to the party that secured the second-highest number of votes and required constitutional spread.
The judgment came after an appeal that was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by its governorship and deputy governorship candidates in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhruojakpo.