Bayelsa: INEC pledges to implement Supreme Court judgment

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Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said it would implement the judgment of the Supreme Court ousting the All Progressives Congress candidate and Governor-elect, David Lyon, and replacing him with his Peoples Democratic Party rival, Senator Duoye Diri.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, told journalists in Abuja that it would get a copy of the judgment and obtain clarification from its Operations Department on whom the apex court was referring to.

Also speaking, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, told TVC that a governor would emerge before the deadline of midnight on Friday.

He said the commission was awaiting a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgment.

On Thursday, a five-member panel of the apex court led by Mary Odili sacked Lyon on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information before the commission.

The apex court, in the judgment delivered by Ejembi Eko, consequently ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo.

The judge also ordered that INEC should immediately declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread, the winner.

“The Supreme Court has directed the commission to issue the Certificate of Return (CoR) to the political party that placed second in the Bayelsa governorship election and which also has the geographical spread in the election.

“So, what the commission would do is to go back to its operations department and make a determination on which political party came second in the election and which political party got the geographical spread in the election,” he said.