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Opinion (14/02/20): The Way To Proceed In Bayelsa Is To Swear In The PDP Candidate Immediately, By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

The Way To Proceed in Bayelsa Is To Swear In The PDP Candidate Immediately

1. By the terms of the Supreme Court judgment of 13/2/2020, the two candidates sponsored by the APC for the Bayelsa Governorship election became disqualified.

2. The Surpeme Court treated them as if they were never candidates in the election, that is they should not have been part of the election ab initio.

3. The disqualification of the APC candidates by the court automatically voids whatever result APC polled in the election. Thus, all the votes cast for the APC candidates automatically become voided by reason of the Supreme Court decision and cannot be added to total valid votes.

4. 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, leaving total lawful votes cast to be 145,999, from which INEC is to calculate the 25% spread. PDP has 143,172, which clearly meets 25% of the lawful votes of 145,999.

5. INEC is not to calculate 25% of voided votes which in the eye of the law are null and do not exist.

6. By virtue of section 287(1) of the 1999 Constitution, INEC should immediately issue certificate of return to the PDP candidate, without further ado.

7. The Chief Judge of Bayelsa State should proceed to swear in the PDP candidate immediately.

8. Anyone dissatisfied with the decision of the Surpeme court should follow due process of law.

9. The judgment of the Surpeme court is an indictment on INEC, the political parties and the President who has failed to fulfill his promise of electoral reforms.

10. It is not proper for our leaders to keep pushing us to the point where the will of the people to choose their leaders during elections is upturned by the courts.

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