Bayelsa Supreme Court judgment danger to Nigeria’s democracy - Oshiomhole
- The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has hinted that his party will call for the review of the Supreme Court judgement which sacked its candidate, David Lyon
- Oshiomhole said the party has already consulted its lawyers on the possible action to take to ensure the Lyon's mandate is restored
- The APC chairman said the apex court's judgement was based on mere technicalities which portend “danger to our democracy"
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has hinted that the party may file for the review of the Supreme Court judgment which sacked its candidate, David Lyon, as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state.
In his official reaction to the ruling of the apex court, Oshiomhole said the party has already consulted its lawyers on the possible action to take to ensure the Lyon's mandate is restored.
Oshiomhole further told newsmen that the “judgement lacks the fruits of justice”.
Premium Times reports that the APC chairman said the verdict was based on mere technicalities which portend “danger to our democracy."
He added that no one will be sworn in as the governor of Bayelsa state today, Friday, February 14, because, according to him, no other candidate in the election had the requirements to be declared the winner.
Oshimhole recalled that when an issue similar to that of the Bayelsa scenario happened in 1999 in Bauchi state, the Supreme Court did not sack the governor affected but ordered that a fresh be conducted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Supreme Court nullified Lyon's election as Bayelsa governor-elect.
This is because his deputy, Degi-Eremienyo, was declared an illegitimate candidate in the election having allegedly submitted forged certificates to INEC.
Oshiomhole had also said that the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Douye Diri, will never be sworn in as Bayelsa governor.
Oshiomhole added that there was no candidate in the said poll that met the requirement apart from Lyon.
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Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has called on the federal government to call Oshiomhole to order.
Wike said that Oshiomhole's remarks, which he describes as inflammatory, are capable of destabilising Nigeria.
The River state governor said that the APC chairman has no power to say that there will not be any swearing-in of Diri.
In a statement released by his special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, which was made available to Legit.ng, Wike warned Oshiomhole not to drag other parts of the Niger Delta into his comments.
Also, INEC has said that it will meet on Friday, February 14, to decide on the issuance of the certificate of return to the rightful winner of the Bayelsa governorship election.
This was revealed on Thursday, February 13, by INEC's chief press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Vanguard reports.
Oyekanmi told journalists that since the commission, as at the evening of Thursday, has not received a copy of the Supreme Court's verdict on Bayelsa with respect to an enrollment order, it will have to meet on Friday.
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