The Supreme court has sacked David Lyon less than 24 hours before his inauguration as governor of Bayelsa state.
Lyon, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, was declared the winner of the governorship election in the state in November 2019.
A panel of justices led by Mary Odili has however asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Lyon and to re-issue another to the candidate with the second-highest number of votes.
The decision of the apex court was in affirmation of the verdict of a federal high court disqualifying Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, Lyon’s running mate, for submitting forged credentials to INEC.
The Supreme Court held that the action of Degi-Eremienyo affects Lyon because both men ran on a joint ticket.
Ejembi Eko, who read the lead judgment, ordered INEC to issue certificates of return to candidates of the party with the next highest number of lawful votes and with the required constitutional geographical spread in the election.
Consequently, Diri, candidate of the PDP, who secured 143,172 votes against Lyon’s 352,552, will now be inaugurated as governor of Bayelsa.
The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Douye Diri, had filed a suit against Lyon, Degi-Eremienyo and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.