The Governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and Deputy Governor-elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, have been sacked by the Supreme Court.
Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo are of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The court declared that Degi-Eremienyo was not qualified for the November 16, 2019 election that saw their emergence have filed false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The verdict came less than 24 hours before their inauguration.
In the judgement delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal High Court’s decision which found the deputy governor-elect guilty of presenting false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The apex court therefore ordered that the Certificate of Return be withdrawn from Lyon and his running mate.
According to the court, it should be handed to the candidate with the second highest votes in the November 16, 2019 election.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the election, Douye Diri, who recorded 143,172 votes against Lyon’s 352,552, therefore becomes the governor-elect.
The Peoples Democratic Party had faulted the candidacy of the deputy governor elect on the account that his certificates contained different names.
In one certificate, his name was said to have been written as Degi Biobara, in another it was written as Adegi Biobarakumo, Degi Biobarakuma in another one and Degi Biobarakuma Wangaha in yet another one.
The verdict of the Supreme Court was in declaration that the information by the deputy governor-elect were false.