* Dickson calls for calm, reconciliation
Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon’s hope of becoming the fifth elected governor of Bayelsa State, on Friday, 14 February 2020, has been dashed just hours to his historic inauguration. The Supreme Court on Thursday voided his election and that of his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
Political ‘rookie’ Lyon, whose emergence proved many bookmakers wrong at the November 16 poll was left disappointed and like the biblical Moses, literally saw the ‘promise land’ but couldn’t enter it. The apex court in its ruling held that Degi-Ermienyo, Lyon’s running mate, was not qualified to have contested the election with the APC governorship candidate.
Sadly, he was sacked by a five-man panel of the court headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odili about 24 hours to his swearing in today. Prior to his removal, Lyon, was taken round Government House by the out-going governor, Seriake Dickson while the APC flag was already flying high at the gate of Government House. He was at the Samson Siasia Sport Complex, the inauguration ground, to rehearse for the ceremony, which would have marked his swearing-in.