INEC Obeys Supreme Court Verdict, Declares PDP winner in Bayelsa

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared senator Diri Duoye of the PDP winner of the November 16 Bayelsa governorship Election in compliance with the supreme Court judgement as earlier reported by Nigerian Cable news online.

The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this while briefing journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

He said the decision was in compliance with the Supreme court order nullifying the election of the All Progressives Congress APC candidate, David Lyon, as the winner of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa.

On Thursday, a five-member panel of the apex court led by Mary Odili sacked Mr Lyon, as the winner of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa.

Mr Lyon was sacked on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information before the commission.

The apex court, in the judgment delivered by Ejembi Eko, consequently ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Messrs Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo.

The judge also ordered that INEC should immediately declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread, the winner.

Mr Diri has also just been issued a certificate of return.