How the Supreme Court removed Nya-Etok, a Nigerian governor, from office the day before his inauguration

Ezekiel Nya-Etok expressed caution regarding the upcoming inauguration of Bola Tinubu on May 29, emphasizing that unforeseen events could transpire in court. Drawing on past experiences, Nya-Etok highlighted instances where Nigerian governors faced disqualification, asserting that similar circumstances could potentially impact the presidential level this time around.Continue Reading>>>

During a media discussion about Bola Tinubu’s May 29 inauguration, Nya-Etok recounted a case involving the disqualification of David Lyon, an APC governor-elect for Bayelsa state, just one day before his scheduled inauguration. According to Nya-Etok, the governor-elect was taken aback when the court ruled his disqualification, as he had been actively preparing for the inauguration until that very day.

 

Nya-Etok clarified that the disqualification of the Bayelsa governor-elect resulted from the ineligibility of his running mate, rather than any fault on his part. Highlighting another potential complication for Bola Tinubu, Nya-Etok mentioned that Tinubu’s running mate, Shettima, faces allegations of double nomination at the tribunal, which could jeopardize their chances of victory in court.Continue Reading>>>

Referring to a previous incident, Nya-Etok pointed out the case of Imo state, where the governor had already served for nearly a year before being disqualified by the supreme court. Stressing the ultimate authority of the court, Nya-Etok emphasized that justice lies solely in its hands.

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