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INEC declares PDP’s Douye Diri gov-elect of Bayelsa

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In line with the ruling of the Supreme Court, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday declared Diri Douye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the Governor-elect of Bayelsa State.

Chairman of the electoral body, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu at a briefing in Abuja also said it would immediately issue a certificate of return to the Diri.

The apex court had on Thursday sacked Mr. David Lyon, the now ex-Bayelsa State governor-elect and his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

The court handed down the decision through a panel of Justices led by Justice Mary Odili, ruling that Degi-Eremioyo presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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In the unanimous decision by the five justices, the court held that the Form CF 001 Degi-Eremieoyo submitted to INEC contained false information of fundamental nature.

The Supreme Court further held that since Lyon and his deputy held a joint ticket, Degi-Eremieoyo’s disqualification invalidated their nomination by the All Progressive Congress, (APC).

The court thereafter ordered INEC to immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to them and issue a fresh one to the party that secured the second highest number of votes and got the required constitutional spread.

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