Human rights legal advisor, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, SAN, has informed the Chief Judge to Bayelsa State, to, immediately, swear in the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Diri Duoye, after the Supreme Court invalidated the election of the All Progressives Party (APC) governor-elect, David Lyon, in a unanimous judgment, on Thursday.
Adegboruwa, in a release on Friday, said, “By the terms of the Supreme Court judgment, the two candidates sponsored for the Bayelsa Governorship election became disqualified.
By implication, Adegboruwa said, “The total lawful votes for the Bayelsa Governorship Election prior to the Surpeme Court judgment was 499,551, out of which APC had 353,552, which has now been voided by the Supreme Court.
Hence, he said this left total lawful votes cast to be 145,999, from which INEC is to calculate the 25% spread, and since PDP had 143,172, he said it clearly meets 25% of the lawful votes of 145,999.
Consequently, Adegboruwa said, by virtue of section 287(1) of the 1999 Constitution, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “should immediately issue certificate of return to the PDP candidate, without further ado.”
He also admonished the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State to proceed and swear in the PDP candidate immediately.