Bayelsa: S/Court judgment would have nullified election – Oshiomhole

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By Deji Abdulwahab

Abuja – National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has faulted Supreme Court judgment declaring the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Douye Diri as new Governor-elect in Bayelsa.

Oshiomhole said this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday while reacting to apex court judgment.

He said court would have borrowed a similar case that nullified governorship election in Bauchi.

“In 1999, there was a similar case in Bauchi involving Gov. Adamu Muazu.

court found out that the running mate was qualified for whatever reason to contest that election and accordingly supreme court nullified the election of Gov Muazu.

“And court as a consequence, directed Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election.

“I believe it is still same supreme court and therefore we have asked our lawyers to exploit all lawful legal windows to ensure that Bayelsa people have a governor of their choice.

“Let me also say that it is a state secret.

“If supreme court has ruled that David Lyon cannot now be sworn in as the person who has the highest number of votes and the spread to be sworn in, it simply means from tomorrow there will be no government in Bayelsa state.

“From the facts available to us and in due consultation with our lawyers, it is clear that no candidate meets the requirements of the supreme court which means no one can be sworn in legally tomorrow, unless there is deliberate attempt to abuse the legal process,” he said.