- PDP is in serious trouble in Bayelsa as two fresh petitions are seeking the disqualification of Lawrence Ewrujakpor as deputy governor over an alleged fake result
- Former governor-elect of the state, David Lyon, was sacked over allegation of fake result leveled against his running mate
- Ewrujakpor was alleged to have falsified the NYSC certificate he submitted to INEC before the election
An end is not in sight to the political intrigues currently going on in Bayelsa state as a governorship candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM) in the last governorship election in the state, Vijah Opuama, approached the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja to disqualify the newly sworn-in deputy governor, Lawrence Ewrujakpor.
The Nation reports that Opuama in a petition he filed through his lawyer, Aluzu Ebikebuna, further prayed the court to cancel the November 16, 2019 governorship election and order a fresh poll, alleging that the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to comply with the 1999 constitution.
Legit.ng gathered that the candidate listed INEC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bayelsa state governor, Douye Diri, and his deputy, Lawrence Ewrujakpor, as respondents to the petition.
Opuama in the petition alleged that Ewrujakpor, the 4th respondent, submitted an affidavit to INEC, the 1st respondent, that contained false information.
He said in a statement of facts to support the petition: “I know that the 4th respondent was admitted into Rivers State University of Science and Technology in the year 1991. The 4th respondent is given the notice to produce his admission letter into Rivers State University of Science and Technology to read secretarial administration.
“The 4th respondent is due to graduate in 1994-1995 in that he was offered a four-year duration course of secretarial administration. The petitioner avers that upon graduation in 1994-1995, the 4th respondent was supposed to enroll in the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme having being born on 5th September 1965.
“The 4th respondent was not qualified to contest the election in that he submitted an affidavit containing false information to the 1st respondent. The 4th respondent’s degree certificate dated 3rd February 1998 purportedly issued by Rivers State University of Science and Technology and the 4th respondent’s certificate of exemption from National Youth Service Corps purportedly issued on 2nd February 1998 are inconsistent with one another other and contradictory to one another and both forged.
“I know that by virtue of National Youth Service Corps Act, certificate of exemption from national youth service under the act is only issued to persons who have successfully graduated from the university and have their degree certificate as approved by the university’s Senate.
“I know that it is upon University Senate issued a certificate that a candidate’s name and the result is forwarded to National Your Service Corps (NYSC) for the call-up to National Youth Service or exemption as the case may be.
“I know that in the 4th respondent submitted in his INEC form for the 16th November 2019 election a purported National Youth Service Corps certificate of exemption dated 2nd February 1998. I know that the said purported National Youth Service Corps certificate of exemption dated 2nd February 1998 is false and forged in that the 4th Respondent only graduated on 3rd February 1998.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that an Abuja area court ordered the Department of State Security (DSS) to investigate Ewhrudjakpo over a case of alleged forgery of NYSC.
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