- Bayelsa deputy governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has called for the dismissal of a petition against him
- Ewhrudjakpo is embroiled in a new controversy over alleged defect in his NYSC discharge certificate
- Speaking through his lawyers, the deputy governor said he cannot be solely sued in an election case
Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Bayelsa state deputy governor, has reacted to the petition filed by the Liberation Movement (LM) challenging his qualification in the state 2019 guber election.
The deputy governor is embroiled in the controversy after LM candidate, Vijah Opuama, dragged him to the Bayelsa electoral tribunal over alleged defects in some of his credentials.
Opuama had stated in his petition that there were disparities in Ewhrudjakpo’s name on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate.
According to him, the name on the NYSC certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Ewhrudjakpo does not tally with other certificates.
Responding to the tribunal's query, the deputy governor said although his surname was misspelt by the NYSC, he has written to the body to make the appropriate correction.
Ewhrudjakpo, who spoke through his legal counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, also urged the tribunal to dismiss Opuama's petition, adding that he cannot be sued in an election case because the law did not provide that his position can sue in an electoral dispute.
Accepting the loss, Ajayi who is at loggerhead with his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, said he put up a good fight but his best was not enough.
The deputy governor, who said he "had a lot of forces" who stood against him in the shadow poll, however, said he accepted the outcome of the election in good faith.
"We remain undaunted and resolute about our commitment to a people-oriented government against personalised democracy," Ajayi said.
"We wish the good people of Ondo state and the winner the best as we March on. For us, life goes on."