Biobarakuma Degi.

‘I will support investigations on my certificates’

Abasifreke Effiong

Biobarakuma Degi, the former deputy governor -elect of Bayelsa state sacked by the Supreme Court said the apex court denied him the right to fair hearing in the case that led to his sack.

Degi who spoke to journalists on Thursday for the first time
after the Supreme Court sacked him as deputy governor-elect and David Lyon, the governor-elect in the November 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa, said the Nigerian Supreme Court decided his case “by looking at documents which cannot speak.”

“The Supreme Court should have interrogated the case because the procedure adopted by the trial court whose judgment the Supreme Court relied on, did not allow for the submission of evidence.”

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“I applied to the court (Federal High Court) to subpoena the institutions that issued those certificates, but surprisingly the PDP refused the application and the trial court said it was a ploy to delay trial.”

He said the Appeal Court set aside the judgment of the trial court because the Federal High Court did not allow him to tender evidences against the cases brought by the PDP against him.

“The issuing authorities were not called to verify my credentials.”

Degi said Justices of the Supreme Court judgment who gave judgment on his case stretched the wordings of the law to bring his reputation to disrepute.

“The Justices of the Supreme Court subjected his reputation to scrofulous scandal.”

He however denied that any of the certificates he tendered was forged as the Supreme Court judgment suggested.

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“I condemn in strong terms all forms of forgery. I have never been associated with forgery. All the certificates I submitted to INEC were acquired by me. Thank God those institutions that issued the certificates are still in existence.”

“All the names appearing on my documents as presented to INEC are genuine. I will support every investigation on my certificates”, Degi added.