Senator Douye Diri, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Bayelsa state has been sworn in as the 5th civilian Executive Governor of that State.
Before Diri’s swearing-in, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo had earlier taken oath of office as deputy governor of the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier in the day presented Certificate of Return to Diri as winner of the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.
The electoral commission presented the certificate to him during a briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu told newsmen that Diri was declared the winner after top officials met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC, which have been voided by the court.
Naijaparry reports that Diri’s victory follows a S upreme Court verdict that sacked the governor-elect of Bayelsa Sta te, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment on Thursday, gave the order after disqualifying the APC deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo.
The court ruled that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won on November 16, 2019.
A five-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, then ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to the APC candidate.