– APC has asked the Supreme Court to reverse its judgement on Bayelsa state governorship tussle
– The apex court had on February 13, sacked David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state
– The ruling party, however, said that the Supreme Court acted in error by sacking its candidate and ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to the candidate of PDP
Barely one week after the Supreme Court sacked David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has returned to the apex court with an application, urging the court to reverse its decision disqualifying its candidate during the November 16, governorship election in the state.
The Nation reports that the APC, in an application filed on Thursday, February 20, by its team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), with Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), also wants the Supreme Court to set aside the wrong interpretation given to its judgment of February 13, and the subsequent execution by the Independent National. electoral Commission (INEC).
Legit.ng gathered that the party is among others, contending that the Supreme Court, in its judgment, misinterpreted the November 12, 2019, judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which it (the Supreme Court) affirmed.
The APC argued that the Supreme Court acted without jurisdiction and denied it (the party) fair hearing when it proceeded to disqualify its governorship candidate even though the Federal High Court, in the judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo, which the apex court affirmed, refused the plaintiffs’ prayer to disqualify Lyon.
The party also faulted the interpretation given to the Supreme Court judgment by the INEC in deciding to issue a certificate of return to the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It stated: “After reinstating the judgment of the trial court in the judgment of this honourobie court of the 13th February, 2020, in SC.1/2020 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) & 2 Ors. v. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo & 3 Ors., this honourable court proceeded to disqualify the governorship candidate of the applicant (Lyon David Pereworimin) despite the fact that the trial High Court refused to grant the reliefs for his disqualification and there was no appeal against same.
“In this honourable court’s judgment of 13th February, 2020, the court erroneously and inadvertently stated that the trial High Court consequentially disqualified the applicant‘s governorship candidate even though the trial court made no such order and when the trial court indeed refused to grant the express orders sought by the plaintiffs therein for his disqualification.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the judgment of the Supreme Court’s on Thursday, February 13, the PDP accused the All Progressives Congress APC of mobilising its supporters to vandalize its secretariat in Bayelsa state.
It was reported that the nation’s opposition party on Saturday, February 15, released a video on its official Twitter page alleging that supporters of the APC reportedly vandalized the secretariat following an order from its national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
In another report, On Wednesday, the Nigerian Senate considered a bill seeking to establish the National Commission Against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) – Legit.ng We have upgraded to serve you better.
Bayelsa: INEC presents PDP’s Douye Diri certificate of return | – on Legit TV