The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, February 13; reacted to the shock ruling by the Supreme Court which led to the removal of David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa State.
In a statement issued via its press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi; the commission revealed it will adhere to the ruling of the Supreme Court once it gets a copy of the verdict.
Oyekanmi said that so far, the electoral body is yet to been officially notified by the court about its recent decision.
Moreover, Festus Okoye, INEC’s commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, said that the agency will go through its record to ascertain which political party came second in the poll; so as to go ahead with the issuance of the Certificate of Return as ordered by the court.
Okoye said: “We would do that when we get the judgement of the Supreme Court so that we would know clearly what the Supreme Court wants us to do and we would carry it out.”
The case presided by a five-man panel; was headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odili who nullified the election of David Lyon.
Equally important, this nullification was on the grounds that his deputy; Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo presented forged certificates to INEC; regarding his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The court ruled that Mister Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket; with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2019.
The five-man panel further held that on the basis of that both candidates and their party; the APC ought to have abstained from participating in the election.
In the judgement delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko; the Independent National Electoral Commission was ordered to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo.