- Senator Douye Diri of the PDP is now officially the governor of Bayelsa state
- This follows the official presentation of the certificate of return to him by INEC on Friday, February 14
- The PDP governorship candidate was declared the winner after the Supreme Court voided the election of the APC's David Lyon
Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party is now officially the governor of Bayelsa state as he has been presented the certificate of return by Nigeria's electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, Diri was declared the winner following a meeting of the top officials of the electoral body on Friday morning, February 14 to review the results of the election, without the votes of the All Progressives Congress which have been voided by the court.
“The total votes cast after excluding those of the APC now stand at 146,999. PDP polled 143,172 and scored 25 percent as required by the law,” the INEC boss said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Supreme Court nullified the election of the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon of the APC.
The apex court also ordered INEC to issue the certificate of return to the candidate with the next highest number of votes.
As a result of this judgment, Duoye becomes the next governor of Bayelsa state.
The judgment was delivered by Justice Ejembi Ekwo. According to the apex court, APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, is an illegitimate candidate in the election because he submitted forged certificates to INEC.
With this, the Supreme Court said Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had affected the joint ticket which he shared with Lyon during the November 16, 2019 election.
Meanwhile, the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has hinted that the party may file for the review of the Supreme Court judgment.
In his official reaction to the ruling of the apex court, Oshiomhole said the party has already consulted its lawyers on the possible action to take to ensure the Lyon's mandate is restored.
Oshiomhole further told newsmen that the “judgement lacks the fruits of justice”.
The APC chairman said the verdict was based on mere technicalities which portend “danger to our democracy."
In a similar development, Legit.ng reported how, in the buildup to the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections in November 2019, a popular prophet in Nigeria, Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin, predicted the outcome of the polls.
Fufeyin told Legit.ng that the polls will end up in court. He, however, kept concerning which political party will emerge victorious in the polls.
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