The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on
Friday said it will not join issues with Comrade Adams
Oshiomhole, National chairman of the ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC) over the Supreme Court
judgment on Bayelsa governorship election.
The apex court yesterday sacked the APC’s governor-elect
in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his running mate,
Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo and pronounced the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) candidates, Douye Diri and his
running mate, Lawrence Ewrujakpor as the winners of the
election held in the state.
It gave the ruling after it had found irregularities in the
credentials of the ex-APC deputy governor-elect in Bayelsa
State, Degi-Eremienyo, and annulled the joint ticket of both
Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo.
The apex court then ordered INEC to issue fresh certificates
to the candidates of the party with the next highest votes.
However, in a press conference on Friday afternoon,
Oshiomhole rejected the result and accused INEC of
creating crisis in the system by issuing certificate of return
to Diri.
Oshiomhole added that INEC wrongly interpreted the
Supreme Court judgment, thereby creating illegality in the
electoral process.
“INEC has assumed the position of the court by interpreting
the judgment the way it has done, which it has no power to
do so” he said.
However, speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Rotimi
Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman said
the electoral body only complied with the ruling of the
Supreme Court just as it did with the judgment on Imo
governorship election.
“It is not the Independent National Electoral Commission’s
practice to join issues with politicians on any matter,
especially on issues under its jurisdiction”.
“The Supreme Court on 13th February 2020 delivered a
judgment in a pre-election suit on the Bayelsa State
Governorship Election held on 16th November 2019”.
“INEC received the Certified True Copy of the judgment on
14th February, convened a meeting this morning to study
the judgment and at the end of that meeting, took a
decision to comply with it”.
“Therefore, as far as we are concerned, we have done what
the Supreme Court ordered us to do and we couldn’t have
done otherwise” he said.

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