Bayelsa: Oshiomhole faults Supreme Court judgment, says nobody will be sworn in

Adams Oshiomhole

The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has faulted the Supreme Court judgment nullifying the elections of its candidates as Governor-elect and Deputy Governor-elect of Bayelsa State.
Oshiomhole said this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday while reacting to the apex court judgment.
He said the court would have borrowed a similar case that nullified governorship election in Bauchi State.
He said: “In 1999, there was a similar case in Bauchi involving Governor Adamu Muazu.
“The court found out that the running mate was not qualified for whatever reason to contest that election and accordingly the Supreme Court nullified the election of Governor Muazu.
“And the court as a consequence directed Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh election.
“I believe it is still the same Supreme Court and therefore we have asked our lawyers to exploit all lawful legal windows to ensure that Bayelsa people have a governor of their choice.
“Let me also say that it is not a state secret.
“If the Supreme Court has ruled that David Lyon cannot now be sworn in as the person who has the highest number of votes and the spread to be sworn in, it simply means from tomorrow there will be no government in Bayelsa State.
“From the facts available to us and in due consultation with our lawyers, it is clear that no candidate meets the requirements of the Supreme Court, which means no one can be sworn in legally tomorrow, unless there is deliberate attempt to abuse the legal process.”