Timiprie Sylva, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Timiprie Sylva, has raised an alarm that the former Deputy-Governor elect of Bayelsa State, Biobarakoma Degi-Eremienyo is at the verge of committing suicide.
This comes after the Supreme Court verdict which sacked the Governor elect, David Lyon, of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
If you could recall that the Apex Court sacked David Lyon over alleged forgery of certificates by Biobarakoma Degi-Eremienyo.
Sylva while speaking with Channelstv said he is dealing with an issue of life and death, adding that he calls everyday to confirm if the former Deputy-Governor elect has not done anything to himself.
The APC leader in Bayelsa said it was very sad and dangerous, as the Supreme Court didn’t call any witness before its final judgment on the allegation of forgery.
Sylva said, “I’m dealing with a former Deputy-Governor that is on the verge of committing suicide. This is a matter of life and death. Every day I have to call to find out that he hasn’t done anything to himself.
“If someone said you forge your certificate and you have built your life and integrity and someone all of a sudden brings everything down that can lead to suicide.
“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 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”.
While speaking further, Sylva said the APC decided to approach the Supreme Court to review the judgment, because the candidate was accused wrongly.
He also added that the Supreme Court should have sacked Biobarakoma Degi-Eremienyo as the Deputy-Governor elect and allow David Lyon continue.
Sylva said that, “I thought the supreme court will have the chance to review itself if it has made a decision that seems to be against the principles of justice.
“For example, if someone is wrongly convicted of a crime they didn’t commit and condemned to death then people find out that they were wrong, the supreme court needs to avert and correct things.
“The Supreme Court should have the courage to revert itself. It has happened before.
“They claim he forged certificate, which certificate did he forge? Was it his primary certificate or university certificate? What has been established
“If you want to prove forgery then you must have the original. Now you say you have a variant in the name so which one is the original. None of that was established. that is not how to prove forgery.
“If you say you are upholding the judgment of the lower court then the judgment of the lower Court did not disqualify our governorship candidate, so where did the Supreme Court have this other thing to add to the judgment of the lower court. If you are going to uphold the judgment of the lower court then disqualify the deputy governor and allow the governor to carry on.”