Douye Diri, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo Sworn In As Governor And Deputy Of Bayelsa State

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri and his running mate, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, were on Friday evening sworn in as the state new helmsmen.
Diri was sworn in by the state Chief Judge, Justice Kate, who administered the oaths of office and allegiance on him at the Government House in Yenagoa, the state capital. Ewhrudjakpo, the new deputy governor, took his oaths of office and allegiance a few minutes after the governor had been sworn in.
The duo received their certificates of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday morning after the Supreme Court had on Thursday nullified the election of David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who originally won the election, over discrepancies in his running mate’s academic credentials.
His swearing-in comes a day after the Supreme Court sacked the former governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.
While delivering his acceptance speech, the new governor asked Bayelsan’s to embrace each other in love and avoid hatred which he believes would only inhibit the growth and development of the state.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the Certificate of Return that had been issued to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election.
The court then ordered INEC to issue a fresh Certificate-of-Return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which was the PDP.
Hours before the swearing-in on Friday, INEC officially declared Diri as the winner of the election in the state.
He was sworn-in along with his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

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