Bayelsa verdict: As APC appeals for reversal, deputy governor-elect challenges Supreme Court to prove the forgery

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday through its team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN filed an application to the Supreme Court asking for reversal of its judgment which sacked David Lyon, its candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The development came as the ousted deputy governor-elect in Bayelsa State, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo presents proofs that he did not forge his certificates.

The deputy governor-elect at a media conference in Abuja denied the allegation of Certificate forgery naming three of his Primary School teachers who could confirm to the world that he did not forge his certificates.

Degi-Eremienyo enjoined the police to vet his credentials, lamenting that the Supreme Court ruling had left him greatly traumatized and in distress.

The embattled politician stated that he called the press in order to defend his reputation which the Justices of the apex court whether consciously or unconsciously, have subjected to libelous scandal.

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

 “All my academic certificates are in the public domain. Whether they are genuine or forged are verifiable matters. If no other persons can be found who claim the names in the certificates then they are mine.

“If these certificates exist and have not been altered in any manner, it would mean they are genuine. The next enquiry would then be if the names appearing thereon belong to me or belong to some other persons.

“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.

“All the educational qualifications I presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission to aid my constitutional qualification were acquired by me personally from institutions here in Nigeria which are still in existence till date. The records are verifiable anytime and any day here in Nigeria,” he said.

The Senator also stated that he attended secondary school: namely Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema, Rivers State where some of his classmates were Harrison Braide, Tombo Douglas, Ferdinand Amabebe: Professor Owunari George Will, Justice Biobele Georgewill, Chief David Briggs and Alpheus Otta, while some of his teachers as Wamarte and Mrs Humbly, Mr Frank etc.

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