Trouble for PDP as Abuja court orders DSS to probe Bayelsa deputy governor over alleged certificate forgery
- The deputy governor of Bayelsa state, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, is facing a case of alleged forgery of an NYSC certificate before an Abuja court
- The case was instituted by Benjamin Youdiowei, a chieftain of APC before the court in Lugbe, Abuja
- The deputy governor is accused of presenting a forged NYSC exemption certificate on his nomination form to INEC
An Abuja area court has ordered the Department of State Security (DSS) to investigate the deputy governor of Bayelsa state, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, over a case of alleged forgery of National Youth Service Corps Certificate (NYSC).
Prior to his swearing-in as deputy governor, Ewhrudjakpo served as a senator representing Bayelsa West senatorial district on the platform of the PDP, Daily Trust reports.
Ewhrudjakpo is accused of presenting a forged NYSC exemption certificate on his nomination form to INEC
The deputy governor while serving as a senator was facing a case of alleged forgery instituted by Benjamin Youdiowei, a chieftain of APC before the court in Lugbe, Abuja.
Youdiowei had alleged that Ewhrudjakpo presented a forged NYSC exemption certificate on his nomination form to INEC.
At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, February 19, Youdowei’s lawyer, Seidu Jibrin, informed the court that the Wuye police division, which was earlier asked by the court to carry out further investigation on the matter, had transferred the case to the inspector general of police monitoring unit.
The judge in response stated that police should have reported back to the court if the Wuye division was unable to handle the case before taking the unilateral decision of transferring the case to the IGP monitoring unit.
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He then terminated his earlier order directing the police to investigate the case and ordered the DSS to take it up.
Meanwhile, barely one week after the Supreme Court sacked David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has returned to the apex court with an application, urging it to reverse its decision disqualifying its candidate during the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The Nation reports that the APC, in an application filed on Thursday, February 20, by its team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), with Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), also wants the Supreme Court to set aside the wrong interpretation given to its judgment of February 13, and the subsequent execution by the Independent National. electoral Commission (INEC).
Legit.ng gathered that the party is among others, contending that the apex court, in its judgment, misinterpreted the November 12, 2019, judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which it (the Supreme Court) affirmed.
The APC argued that the Supreme Court acted without jurisdiction and denied the party fair hearing when it proceeded to disqualify its governorship candidate even though the Federal High Court, in the judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo, which the apex court affirmed, refused the plaintiffs’ prayer to disqualify Lyon.
The party also faulted the interpretation given to the Supreme Court judgment by the INEC in deciding to issue a certificate of return to the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In another report, Degi Eremienyo, the sacked deputy governor-elect candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, has asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to investigate allegations of certificate forgery against him.
In a report by TVC News, Eremienyo at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, February 20, said his right to a fair hearing was breached. According to the former deputy governor-elect, before the Supreme Court arrived at its judgment there was no investigation and witnesses provided.
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