- The election petition tribunal in Bayelsa has ordered the state deputy governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, to appear before it
- Ewhrudjakpo was alleged to have altered the certificate he submitted to the INEC before 2019 governorship election in the state
- The tribunal asked the deputy governor to produce the original copy of his certificate before it on Thursday, June 4
The deputy governor of Bayelsa, Lawrence Oborawharievwo Ewhrudjakpo, has been summoned by the state governorship election petition tribunal to appear before it on Thursday, June 4, to produce the original copy of his disputed certificate.
The Nation reports that the tribunal’s order followed a subpoena earlier issued on Ewhrudjakpo to appear and produce the original of the exemption certificate issued to him in 1998 by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Legit.ng gathered that the subpoena was issued on the request of the candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM) in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state, Vijah Opuama.
The politician is challenging Ewhrudjakpo’s qualification to contest in an election.
The petitioner alleged that Ewhrudjakpo submitted a forged exemption certificate to the INEC before the election.
In his ruling, tribunal’s chairman, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, struck out the motion and ordered Ewhrudjakpo’s appearance on Thursday, June 4.
The tribunal rejected his lawyer’s request that Ewhrudjakpo be allowed to appear next week on the grounds that since Bayelsa state does not have an airport, it would be difficult for the deputy governor to travel in view of the lockdown.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Court of Appeal declared Governor Douye Diri as the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election in Bayelsa state.
It was reported that the court sitting in Owerri, Imo state on Tuesday, May 12, dismissed an appeal filed by Timi Alaibe who challenged the emergence of Douye Diri as the winner of the PDP primary.
In the ruling, the court upheld the decision of the lower court and ruled that the suit filed by Alaibe lacked merit.
Recall that not long after Diri was pronounced as Bayelsa state governor by the Supreme Court, Alaibe had dragged the governor and the INEC to court over what he described as a flawed process of the PDP primary. But a high court had on March 10, dismissed Alaibe’s suit for lacking merit.
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