By Victor Graham
Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bayelsa State has described February 13, as the most painful day in their political calendar as a party.
The party on February 13, 2020 lost its chance of occupying Creek Haven, the Bayelsa State seat of power, following a landmark Supreme Court judgment.
The apex court had in the judgment sacked the governor-elect, Chief David Lyon less than 24 hours to his inauguration.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Ejembi Eko, upheld the earlier decision of the Federal High Court Abuja, which disqualified Lyon’s deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on account of presenting false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The court had ruled that since Degi-Eremienyo and Lyon were on a joint ticket the disqualification affects both of them and stressed that the APC ought not to have produced a candidate in the November 16, 2019 governorship election which they won.
Recounting how sad the day was for them, a chieftain of the party, Hon. Toruwei Oyinkuro said the Supreme Court judgment came to them as a rude shock as they never expected it.
He said the judgment destroyed all the plans they had put in place for the inauguration and how to run the affairs of the state for the first four years.
“We were all in the hotel having series of meetings when the news broke. At first we thought it was a joke, until we saw it on TV. Some of us cried bitterly. It was a painful experience that we can never forget.
“The painful part was that we had already spent money, paid people to perform various functions for the inauguration and all went down the drain. Up till this moment it is still like a dream”.
Another stalwart of the party from Nembe, Chief Otonye Kalango told our correspondent that he defected to the APC from the PDP because he was assured of a secured political future after the party won the governorship election but the Supreme Court made nonsense of that.
Kalango said: ” I have been in pains for the last one year. I thought that my decision to leave the PDP will be profitable but sadly it didn’t happen. I have been in deep regret, shame and pain. I am still paying debt to those I borrowed to organize a post inauguration party that never happened.
“The worst is that the leaders of the party has not deem it important to provide some form of support for us since that incident. I personally have been suffering” he lamented.