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EXCLUSIVE: INEC speaks on Supreme Court judgement on Bayelsa

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, February 13, has spoken about how we’ll comply with today’s Supreme Court judgement which sacked David Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect.

The commission said that it would give effect to today’s Supreme Court judgment sacking the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) candidate as the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

Recall that, the Supreme Court had earlier today sacked the Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his running-mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo 24 hours to their inauguration on February 14.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return (CoR) issued to the APC candidate as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

According to the Daily Trust exclusive interview today with the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said that the commission would back to its Operation Department to determine the party that meet up the Apex Court ruling.

“The Supreme Court has directed the commission to issue the Certificate of Return (CoR) to the political party that placed second in the Bayelsa governorship election and which also has the geographical spread in the election.

“So, what the commission would do is to go back to its Operation Department and make a determination on which political party came second in the election and which political party got the geographical spread in the election.

“Based on that, we would carry out the judgement of the Supreme Court. We would do that when we get the judgement of the Supreme Court, so that we would know clearly what the Supreme Court want us to do and we would carry it out,” Okoye said.

Lyon was sacked for presenting a running mate with fake qualification.

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