Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, David Lyon
Bayelsa: Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo (right), the sacked deputy governor and his running mate, David Lyon (middle) pictured at a campaign event in 2019

Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, the sacked deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State, has said he did not forge any of his certificates.

He said the justices of the Supreme Court assaulted his reputation with the ruling, Punch Newspaper reports.

The Supreme Court, last Thursday, February 13, 2020, sacked David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as governor-elect of Bayelsa State, barely 24 hours to his inauguration.

Degi-Eremienyo was his running mate.

Lyon’s election was nullified on the grounds that his deputy presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in the state.

The apex court in the judgment delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko consequently ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Messrs Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo.

The court also ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election.

Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhrujakpor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have since been declared winners of the election and sworn in as governor and deputy respectively.

Prior to their swearing-in, they were senators representing Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West respectively.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, February 20, 2020, Degi-Eremienyo lamented that the apex court judgment had left him greatly traumatized and in distress.

He asked the police to vet his credentials.

“Let me state that some of my primary school teachers are still alive: Chief Eredogiyo Watson, Chief Allen Obebe-Orukari and Susan Otiotio.

“Let me also state in clear and graphic terms that I attended two secondary schools.

“First, Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema, Rivers State where some of my classmates were Harrison Braide, Tombo Douglas, Ferdinand Amabebe, Owunari Georgewill, Justice Biobele Georgewill, David Briggs and Alpheus Otta and some of my teachers were Wamarte and Humbly, Frank, etc.

“All my academic certificates are in the public domain. Whether they are genuine or forged are verifiable matters,” he explained.

If the certificates exist and have not been altered in any manner, it would mean they are genuine, he said.

“The next inquiry would then be if the names appearing thereon belong to me or belong to some other persons. If no other persons can be found who claim the names in the certificates then they are mine.

“Judges including justices of the Supreme Court are free to request law enforcement agencies to investigate persons who appear before them as to the commission or otherwise of crimes.”

The embattled ex-deputy governor further said all the educational qualifications he presented to the INEC to aid his constitutional qualification were acquired by him personally from institutions Nigeria which is still in existence to date.

The records are verifiable anytime and any day here in Nigeria, he added.

The APC on Thursday, February 20, 2020, filed a suit asking the Supreme Court to review and reverse the judgment.

Describing the judgment as wrong, the party argued that the Supreme Court, in its judgment, misinterpreted the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which the apex court affirmed.


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