The Supreme court has sacked David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor of Bayelsa state.
This comes less than 24 hours before his inauguration as governor.
Lyon, the APC candidate, was declared winner of the governorship election in the state in November 2019 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A panel of justices, led by Mary Odili, ordered INEC to issue fresh certificates to the candidates of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which are the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates.
The decision of the apex court was in affirmation of the verdict of a federal high court disqualifying Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, Lyon’s running mate, for submitting forged credentials to INEC.
The supreme court held that the action of Degi-Eremienyo affects Lyon because both men ran on a joint ticket.