The deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has been summoned by the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja to testify in the petition.
A three-member panel of judges led by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo on Tuesday ordered Ewhrudjakpo to appear on Thursday June 4 as a witness in the petition by the candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM) in the November 16, 2019 governorship election, Vijah Opuama who alleged Ewhrudjakpo gave false information to INEC.
Earlier, counsel to the deputy governor, Chukwuma Machukwu-Ume (SAN) informed the tribunal that he was withdrawing the motion dated May 15, 2020 and filed on May 17, 2020 where he demanded facilities to enable him attend the proceedings in Abuja from Yenogoa.
Lawyers to INEC, PDP, and Governor Duoye Diri, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), Emmanuel Enoidem and Gordy Uche (SAN) did not object to the withdrawal of the motion.
Earlier, the Head of Legal Services of the Department of State Services (DSS), Abdulsalam Ibrahim testified that their findings was that an alteration was done by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the instance of Ewhrudjakpo.
He said they were directed by an Area Court in Lugbe, Abuja in a letter dated February 22, 2020 directing them to investigate the NYSC Exemption Certificate of the curent Bayelsa State deputy governor.
He read out the conclusion of the report thus, “Based on the foregoing and the relevant documents forwarded to this service, it is evident that the subject altered the spelling of his surname to reflect the letter D as against the letter O in the certificate of exemption earlier issued by NYSC.”
Under cross examination by PDP counsel, Emmanuel Enoidem, he admitted that it is he bearer of a name that knows how best to spell it.