Moments after the Supreme Court judgement yesterday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, hurriedly left where he was rehearsing ahead of his inauguration as governor.
Lyon, who was governor-elect until the pronouncement of the apex court, was at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa, venue of the planned inauguration.
At its sitting yesterday, the Supreme Court nullified the election of the APC candidate on the grounds that his running mate, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, forged his credentials.
It affirmed the decision of a Federal High Court which had earlier disqualified Degi-Eremienyo for submitting the fake certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
New Telegraph gathered that Lyon was already rehearsing on how to efficiently do his swearing-in activities before the news of disqualification filtered in.
He had arrived the stadium in a convoy of vehicles and in company of his close associates.
After rehearsing how to take salute, the sacked governor-elect left the venue immediately after learning of the fate that befell him.
A source, who was one of the people decorating the inauguration venue, told New Telegraph that the rehearsal came to an abrupt end yesterday.
“He (Lyon) just came, supervised the venue and was busy rehearsing, being carried around the venue when he abruptly entered his car and left,” the source said.
Our correspondent also learnt that Lyon had just acquired a brand new vehicle in preparation for his swearing-in.
The venue was subsequently deserted as podiums and other things meant for the inauguration were dismantled.
Meanwhile, mixed reactions trailed the apex court judgement yesterday in Yenagoa, the state capital.
While APC members and supporters were thrown into mourning, there was wild jubilation at the Government House by those loyal to the outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Douye Diri.
Tension was, however, high as people expressed fear that violent protest may erupt.
At the metropolis, people were seen in small groups discussing the court judgement.
One Mr. Isaac Preye, who looked very dejected asked why the judgement should be pronounced against APC, saying: “Bayelsans voted for David Lyon and not his deputy.
“Look at how the state has been in the last eight years with PDP. Are we going to continue like this again?”
An APC supporter, who preferred anonymity, equally said: “They underrated Dickson now. Instead of them to be around the judges until the judgement is pronounced, they are here running up and down.
“Anyway, God has the final say. The way we survived in the last eight years, we will still survive. After now, Dickson may pay salaries.”
Also yesterday, the people of Igbogene in Bayelsa, who are Lyon’s kinsmen, said the land of Epie will not allow another person to take over the creek from the sacked governor-elect.
The indigenes of Igbogene, where Lyon resides, were seen with white powder poured all over their bodies, chanting various slogans and insisting that “no other person should be sworn in since David Lyon has been disqualified.”
They were reacting to the news from the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who said nobody will be sworn in on Friday since the PDP standard bearer allegedly failed to meet the 25 per cent requirement.
Efforts to get Lyon’s reaction as at press time proved abortive, but a close source to the APC candidate said “we are just trying to restrategize and see how we go about the whole situation.”