/> Election Petition Tribunal Judgement: APC's David Lyon is Qualified to Contest Bayelsa Fresh Election



Election Petition Tribunal Judgement: APC's David Lyon is Qualified to Contest Bayelsa Fresh Election

It is no news that, Chief David Lyon of All Progressive Congress (APC), who won the November 16th Gubernatorial Election in Bayelsa, was disqualified; due to an alleged Certificate forgery charges against his deputy, Sen. Bishop Degi-eremieyo.

David Lyon was sacked by the Supreme court, a day to his inauguration.

Few months after the inauguration of Sen. Douye Diri, of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), as the Governor of the State, the election tribunal has sacked him, and has ordered a fresh election, to be conducted in 90 days.

Meanwhile, since the judgement was passed by the Tribunal, there has been fear from the PDP, as regards the implication of the judgement.
The major concern of the PDP, has been, if the APC and its Candidate, would be on the ballot.

However, after painstakingly studying the judgement, different Senior Advocates Of Nigeria, have all spoken on the issue; and, concluded that, David Lyon of the APC, is qualified to contest again.

Now, I would want us to go back to 1999.

In 1999, Adamu Mu’azu of Bauchi won the governorship election; but, the tribunal and Supreme court ordered a fresh election because, his deputy's certificate was forged.

Adamu Mu’azu was given the opportunity to choose a new Deputy and, contested the fresh election, ordered by the Supreme Court.

However, he won the fresh election. He also ruled Bauchi state for 8 years.

He handed over power to his successor, Mallam Isa Yuguda.

Now, if we are talking about a fresh election, in Bayelsa State; David Lyon can choose another deputy and, participate in the election.

Furthermore, Section 33 and 35 of the electoral acts clearly stated that, the APC and its Candidate, can contest in the fresh elections.

The embattled Deputy Governorship candidate, Sen. Degi-eremieyo, could withdraw his Nomination, at least 45 Days before the election; in order, to allow for substitution.

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