BEVERLY HILLS, February 14, (THEWILL) – Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently protesting in Bayelsa state over the Supreme Court judgment which disqualified the party’s elected governorship candidate.
The APC supporters took to the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital, on Friday morning, calling for the reinstatement of David Lyon as governor.
At its sitting on Thursday, the supreme court nullified the election of Lyon — who was due to be sworn in on Friday — on the grounds that his running mate forged his credentials.
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It ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to the candidate with the second highest number of votes and with the required geographical spread in the state which happens to be Diri Duoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
But the APC leadership kicked against the judgment, and said no one else would be sworn in as the governor of Bayelsa.
INEC has already declared Diri as the winner of the election and issued him a certificate of return.
All is set for him to be sworn in but for the protesters and brewing violence in the state capital.