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Bayelsa: APC seeks review of Supreme Court verdict that sacked Lyon

Bayelsa:  APC seeks review of Supreme Court verdict that sacked Lyon

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has filed an application for the review of the verdict which sacked its candidate, David Lyon, as the winner of the governorship election of Bayelsa State.

The application was filed at the Supreme Court by the counsels to the party, Wole Olanipekun and Lateef Fagbemi.

It would be recalled that Lyon was sacked by the apex court following the disqualification of his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo was found guilty of falsifying the credentials he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to contest the election.

The Supreme Court, in its verdict last week posited that Lyon was sacked because he ran on a joint ticket with Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

But applying for a reversal of the sacking of Lyon, the party argued that the judgement of the trial court which found the running mate guilty of falsification did not grant the prayer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that sought for the nullification of the election of Lyon.

The party stated:  “After reinstating the judgment of the trial court in the judgement of this honouroble court of the 13th February, 2020, in SC.1/2020 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) & 2 Ors. v. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo & 3 ors., this honourable court proceeded to disqualify the governorship candidate of the applicant (Lyon David Pereworimin) despite the fact that the trial High Court refused to grant the reliefs for his disqualification and there was no appeal against same.”

It argued further: “In this honourable court’s judgment of 13th February, 2020, the court erroneously and inadvertently stated that the trial High Court consequentially disqualified the applicant‘s governorship candidate even though the trial court made no such order and when the trial court indeed refused to grant the express orders sought by the plaintiffs therein for his disqualification.”

The party also said in the review, the court should set aside the order which directed INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return already issued to Lyon.

The verdict of the Supreme Court has since seen to the swearing in of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the election, Douye Diri as the governor of Bayelsa State.