Atiku hails Supreme Court ruling nullifying Lyon’s election as Bayelsa governor

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said he received the news of the verdict of the Supreme Court on Bayelsa with gladness.

Atiku wrote in a tweet on Thursday that he was pleased to hear the news.

“I received the verdict of the Supreme Court, declaring the candidate of the @OfficialPDPNig in the Bayelsa state gubernatorial elections, Senator Douye Diri, as the duly elected Governor of the state, with gladness,” he said.

The former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) then called on Bayelsa people “to make peace with the recent past and embrace the future together, united in the mission to transform the state into a haven of peace and prosperity.”

The apex court nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon, and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo. They contested the election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue fresh certificates to the candidates of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election held on November 16, 2019.

Candidates of the PDP, Douye Diri, and his running mate, Lawrence Ewhruojakpo, scored the next highest votes.