- INEC has revealed its position on the latest decision on the Supreme Court on the last governorship election in Bayelsa
- The electoral body said that it has not received any copy of the apex court's verdict which was delivered on Thursday, February 13
- The commission went ahead to say that when officially notified about the development, it will adhere to the ruling of the court
Just hours after the apex court's ruling against the gubernatorial election victory of David Lyon of Bayelsa, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the shocking development.
INEC's chief press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, speaking with journalists on Thursday, February 13, said that the commission will adhere to the ruling of the Supreme Court once it gets a copy of the verdict, Vanguard reports.
Oyekanmi said that so far, the electoral body is yet to been officially notified by the court about its recent decision.
Moreover, Festus Okoye, INEC's commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, said that the agency will go through its record to ascertain which political party came second in the poll so as to go ahead with the issuance of the Certificate of Return as ordered by the court.
Okoye said: “We would do that when we get the judgement of the Supreme Court so that we would know clearly what the Supreme Court want us to do and we would carry it out.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reporetd that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, had vowed that the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Douye Diri would never be sworn in as Bayelsa governor.
Oshiomhole was by this remark reacting the supreme Court's verdict with sacked the Bayelsa governor-elect, David Lyon, on Thursday, February 13.
In a press conference at the APC's national headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, the APC chairman said that the verdict of the court lacked justice.
He added that there was no candidate in the said poll that met the requirement apart from Lyon.
The APC boss said: “In this case, nobody apart from David Lyon meet desire spread as expressed by the Supreme Court. The next candidate who happens to be a PDP candidate does not have one-quarter of the votes cast in that election."
Oshiomhole said that no one will be sworn in as governor in the state on Friday, February 14. In his speech, he maintained: “Nobody will be sworn in on Friday as the new governor in Bayelsa state.”
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