The disgraced Deputy Governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on Thursday initiated a process to challenge his disqualification by the Supreme Court over allegations of presenting false certificate by saying his right to fair hearing was breached. The former deputy governor-elect, at a press briefing in Abuja alleged that there was no investigation neither
The disgraced Deputy Governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on Thursday initiated a process to challenge his disqualification by the Supreme Court over allegations of presenting false certificate by saying his right to fair hearing was breached.
The former deputy governor-elect, at a press briefing in Abuja alleged that there was no investigation neither were witnesses provided to show that he is not the right owner of the certificates in question.
While challenging the Supreme Court on how it arrived at its judgment, he urged that allegations of forgery leveled against him be investigated by the police.
He gave reasons for the circumstances leading to his having different names on his certificates, one of which was the honour of chieftaincy title from his native Nembe land.
On its part, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has filed an application at the Supreme Court, asking it to reverse a judgement that sacked David Lyon as governor-elect of Bayelsa State.
A five-member panel of the apex court led by Mary Odili, had on February 13, nullified the election of Mr Lyon on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
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 court also ordered that INEC should immediately declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election.
Meanwhile, the drama in Bayelsa state continues as An Abuja Area Court has ordered the Department of State Security (DSS) to investigate a case of forgery filed against the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo. Ewhrudjakpo of the PDP was sworn in as deputy governor of the state when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pronounced Douye Diri as the elected governor of the state.
Before his swearing-in, Ewhrudjakpo, who was in the Senate representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, was dragged before the court in Lugbe, Abuja on the allegation of presenting a forged NYSC Exemption Certificate with code No: 139708 dated Feb. 2, 1998, on his nomination form to INEC.
The plaintiff in the suit, Benjamin Youdiowei, a chieftain of APC in Bayelsa alleged that Ewhrudjakpo was still in possession of the document which he continued to use as part of his credentials. Following the absence of Ewhrudjakpo in court on November 27, 2019, the court issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
But, with the Senator sworn in as Deputy Governor, it is yet to be seen how far the case can go given the immunity clause in the constitution. While, it is possible for the deputy governor to be investigated, no action is likely to be taken against him until after serving his term of office.