Bayelsa: APC Still Hopeful, Says There Are Viable Legal Windows

Bayelsa: APC Still Hopeful, Says There Are Viable Legal Windows

David Ugbabe

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has questioned the sack of the former governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon thereby welcoming Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the new governor-elect.

Oshiomole quizzed the Supreme Court and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), arguing that none of the candidates who contested in the November 16 election qualified to be sworn-in as governor of the state.

Oshiomole who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, said, “For me and my party, At the heart of election, is the issue of who did the people actually vote for? Is there a case of impersonation on the part of the deputy governor-elect? Is there any other person that has come up to claim that name?”

The APC leader argued that “Where justice and democracy is sacrificed on the altar of technicalities, this for me, constitute a great danger to our democracy.”

Therefore, the party plans to seek legal redress on the decision of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Bayelsa Governor-elect, Senator Douye Diri.

The party, therefore, declared that notwithstanding the issuance of the certificate of Return to Diri, there are viable legal widows that it will be explored.

He said, “All that INEC needs to do is simple arithmetic, they should ask who has the next highest votes? Does such a person have a required vote spread? If the answer is no, INEC can do no more.

“The supreme court for good reason gave a conditional order that INEC should swear in the second candidate with the highest number of votes and the required constitutional spread.

“I believe that the fact that the supreme court insisted on the constitutional spread is a recognition of the fact that the constitution does not want a situation in which anyone either governor or president presides over the affairs of a state without at least enjoy two-third support of electorate of that state.

“Clearly, the votes scored by PDP and its candidate in that election only met the requirement in five Local Government Areas(LGAs)and you need six LGAs to meet the requirement of two-third. PDP candidate did not satisfy this requirement.”

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