By Augustine Akhilomen
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN) has lauded the Supreme Court judgment which sacked the erstwhile Bayelsa Gov-elect, David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and subsequently declared People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Diri Duoye as the Governor-elect and winner of the November 16 election.
Keyamo in a tweet under his handle, @fkeyamo acknowledged that the apex court, so far, has been firm on election petition cases and deserves to be commended.
“The S/Court has been firm and resolute so far regarding pre-election cases and Election petitions. I commend their lordships,” he said.
Keyamo, also seized the opportunity to task the APC to see the development as a call for the leadership of the party to look at its internal mechanisms that has recently seen it relinquish its election victories, first in Zamfara and the latest in Bayelsa and take steps to put an end to it.
“As a party, we have to look at our own internal party mechanisms that make us give our victories needlessly away to the opposition and take appropriate actions,” he charged.
The Supreme Court had on Thursday nullified the election of Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on the ground that the latter submitting forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Lyon as the winner of the election and issue fresh certificate to Duoye.
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 the November 16, 2019 election.