Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, the sacked deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State, has stated that he never faced any criminal charge in 1990.
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The embattled senator made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Ebinimi Omubo, his media aide, on Tuesday in response to a comment made by Miebi Bribena, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Bribena had on Focus Nigeria, a current affairs programme on Africa Independent Television (AIT), alleged that Senator Degi-Eremienyo was tried on the grounds of falsification and certificate forgery in 1990.
The Bayelsa PDP member’s allegation comes two weeks after he was sacked by the Supreme Court a day before his planned inauguration as deputy governor for certificate forgery.
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But in his response, Senator Degi-Eremienyo said he had never faced any criminal trial in his life, adding that his victory in the said election in 1990 referred to by Bribena was not challenged by late Michael Inemo John, the opposing candidate.
The senator issued a one-week ultimatum to Bribena should retract his comment or be prepared “for the worst legal battle of his life”.
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The statement partly read: “To keep the record straight, it will be recalled that Senator Degi’s victory at the said election Bribena referred to in 1990 was not challenged in any court of law by the candidate (now late Michael Inemo John); Degi has never faced any criminal charge in his career, both in public or private life.
“Bribena by this statement should be ready for the worst legal battle of his life as this will model his mind to speak only the truth but not lying for political patronage.”