Breaking: Supreme Court Strikes Out APC’s Petition to Reveiw Bayelsa Election Judgement

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SWITZERLAND, FEBRUARY 26 – The Supreme court has struck out the application by the All Progressives Congress(APC) to review the jusgement concerning the Bayelsa governorship election.

On February 13, 2020, the Supreme Court sacked the APC candidate and previous governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Ejembi Ekwo, the court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Mr Lyon and present a fresh certificate to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate, Douye Diri and his running mate.

They have now been inaugurated as the governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa State.

Representing Mr Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo was Afe Babalola, who argued that the apex court has the power to set aside its earlier judgment.

He insisted that the application is not for a review of the judgment but to set aside the judgment sacking Mr Lyon who overwhelmingly won the election.

Mr Babalola added that the judgment of the court delivered on February 13, amounts to a denial of fair hearing.

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta presided over the hearing and was assisted by six other judges.

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