February 14 is a day to remember all around the world as we celebrate Valentine’s day. Perhaps we will talk about the story of how this day came to be later.
Valentine’s day has been specially used by people all around the world to celebrate there loved ones, its a day of love, not necessarily between opposite sex even though sometimes “shit happens” and when it does the result may come by October. (Wink)
For the members of All Progressive Congress (APC) most especially Bayelsa state chapter, the story maybe different, celebration of love would have joined gladness in what would have produced the first APC Governor for Bayelsa State but the table turned on Thursday when Supreme Court ruled that there Deputy Governor candidate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo submitted a forged certificate and as such is unfit to contest, thereby nullifying the joint ticket that brought in APC’s David Lyon as the Governor elect of Bayelsa State.
PDP in its own place would have the best of Valentine’s day because they will be enjoying the benefit of a fight they did not initiate, although if another party had came second in that election, the party would have been declared winner and the question would have been if the deregistration by INEC would affect the party or if INEC would reinstate such a party.
Why it seem interesting was that David Lyon was still doing rehearsal on how he would be sworn in when the news of his sack hit the airwaves and just like that, the rehearsal ended and the mission became impossible.
A lot of people have had the question, did INEC conduct a screening before the election, does INEC have the power to confirm certificates that candidates present to them, did APC as a party do a background check before the case landed in court and until it got to the apex court. Why would a man of such a caliber lie to the whole world?
These are questions that we may never be able to find answers to.
But what do i think? I think that INEC should do verification when candidates submit there forms, these cases shouldn’t even have gotten to the court in the first place or what exactly is the reason why INEC collects the certificates if they wont do a verification. Some cases that has evolved after elections are issues that i think INEC should have cleared before it gets to the court but the question remains if INEC detects such an error, will they be able to disqualify the candidate of a ruling party?
I hope this case of Bayelsa serves as a lesson for all other political parties.