The Supreme Court of Nigeria has nullified the governorship election in Bayelsa and has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to present fresh certificates to the candidate of the PDP, Senator Douye Diri.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The Supreme Court ordered INEC to issue fresh certificates to the candidates of the party with the next highest votes and with the required spread of votes, which is the PDP.
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, the lead judgment of the apex, read the orders out after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.
The court in its ruling upheld the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submission of forged certificates to INEC.
In its ruling, the court said the presentation of Degi-Eremienyo as the running mate to the governorship candidate, David Lyon, in spite of an initial court order, nullified their tickets.