Supreme Court sacks David Lyon, Bayelsa Governor-Elect, a day to his swearing in

The Supreme Court has sacked the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo, less than 24 hours to their swearing in.

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.

The Apex Court also ordered a fresh certificate be issued to the governorship candidate with the highest votes cast and wide geographical spread in the governorship election held on November 16, 2020.

Mr Lyon was sacked for presenting a running mate with a fake certificate in the said election.

With this judgment, the governorship candidate of PDP, Diri Duoye, will likely become the next governor of Bayelsa.