Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Duoye Diri cannot be sworn in as governor on Friday.
The Supreme Court had nullified the election of David Lyon as governor-elect of Bayelsa and declared Diri winner of the November 2019 governorship election held in the State.
Reacting to the judgment, an angry Oshiomhole said Diri did not meet the required constitutional spread to become governor of Bayelsa State.
According to him, the judgment of the Supreme Court lacked the ingredients of justice, stating that using technicalities to nullify the wish of the people put democracy under threat.
“From the online reports we have read, the Supreme Court ruled that the certificate of return earlier issued to David Lyon be withdrawn and directed INEC to issue a certificate of return to the person who scored the highest votes after Lyon if such a person has the required spread.
“As a political party, we respect the rule and we respect and have confidence in the judiciary. However, this judgment lacks the fruits of justice. For me and our party, at the heart of election is the issue of who did the people actually vote for?
“Is there a case of impersonation on the part of the deputy governor-elect? Is there any other person who has come out to claim that name as to raise doubt as to whether this is the deputy governor elect duly elected along with the governor during the Bayelsa governorship election.
“Where justice and democracy thrive on the altar of technicalities, it constitutes danger to our democracy. Nobody has raised issues whether David Lyon and his running mate won overwhelming majority.
“Issues of whether a chieftaincy title is part of a name or not could not be a reason to dismiss the wishes of the great people of Bayelsa state who reposed absolute confidence in the election of David Lyon and his running mate during the last governorship election.
“It is not a state secret. If as the Supreme Court has ruled, David Lyon cannot be sworn in as governor and that the person who has the highest number of vote and spread be sworn in, it simply means that from tomorrow, there will be no government in Bayelsa state,” he said.