The sacked Deputy Governor-elect of Bayelsa State, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, has been on the verge of committing suicide after the nullification of his election with the Governor-elect, David Lyon, by the Supreme Court.
This was revealed on Monday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva.
Sylva, who spoke on a Channels Television programme: “Sunrise Daily,” said Degi-Eremienyo had become suicidal since the nullification of the victory of the All Progressives Congress based on his certificate scandal.
He said: “I have in my hand somebody that is contemplating suicide, somebody that has been criminalised for life.
“We feel that there are aspects that cannot stand the test of time.”
Sylva defended the sacked Deputy-Governor-elect over the certificate scandal.
He said: “Forgery is supposed to be a criminal offence and when you have this kind of situation, you have to come out and correct the impression.
“There was no forgery here at all. There were just variants of the name on the certificate and the Supreme Court went ahead to uphold the judgment of a lower court.
“We are also saying that the Supreme Court has introduced extraneous things to that judgment.
“That judgment said that the deputy governor had been disqualified, but that judgment did not disqualify the governorship candidate.
“The Supreme Court went ahead and disqualified the governorship candidate. Where did that come before the court?
Because you don’t give what was not asked.
“If you have a case in court challenging the authenticity of the certificate of a candidate, that is a different one.
“But if you say it is a case of forgery and you have not heard from the person concerned, then you have not established anything.
“You haven’t gone to the school or university where this person studied to confirm the veracity of the allegation, but you already condemn the person.
“It’s is very sad and dangerous. We are doing everything to ensure that that doesn’t happen. We cannot cut our noses to spite our faces.
“Peace is good for everybody and that is what is holding now. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that there is some injustice in Bayelsa,” he said.