INEC breaks silence on Supreme Court verdict on Bayelsa Guber

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Nigeria’s electoral commission, INEC, has said it would study the ruling of the Supreme Court judgment nullifying the election of the candidate the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, as the winner of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa.

Channels TV also quotes the electoral umpire as saying it will obey the consequent order of the Apex Court, after deliberating on the judgment today.

On Thursday, a five-member panel of the apex court led by Mary Odili sacked Mr Lyon on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information before the commission.

The apex court, in the judgment delivered by Ejembi Eko, consequently ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Messrs Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo.

The judge also ordered that INEC should immediately declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread, the winner.

Mr Duoye came second in the election with 143,172 votes to Mr Lyon’s 352,552 votes.

He won the election in two of Bayelsa’s eight local governments while Mr Lyon won in the remaining six.

But an INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, was quoted by Daily Trust as saying the commission ”would go back to its operations department and find out which political party came second in the polls as required by the courts,”

“The Supreme Court has directed the commission to issue the Certificate of Return (CoR) to the political party that placed second in the Bayelsa governorship election and which also has the geographical spread in the election.

“So, what the commission would do is to go back to its operations department and make a determination on which political party came second in the election and which political party got the geographical spread in the election,” he said.

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