Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo

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Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo
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Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State
Assumed office
February 2020
Senator
In office
June 2019 – February 2020
ConstituencyBayelsa West
Personal details
Born (1965-09-05) September 5, 1965 (age 55)
Sagbama, Bayelsa State
NationalityNigerian
Political partyPeoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Alma materRivers State University of Science and Technology
Rivers State College of Health Technology
ProfessionPolitician
Lawyer

Lawrence Oborawharievwo Ewhrudjakpo (born 5 September 1965) is a Nigerian politician who serves as the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State. He was the senator representing Bayelsa west senatorial district of Bayelsa State at the 9th National Assembly.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo was born on 5 September 1965, into the family of chief and Mrs Awhowho Ewhrudjakpo in Ofoni at Sagbama Bayelsa state. He attended the Ebikimiye Primary School, Kpakiama where he graduated in 1976, he continued his education at Government College Bomadi in 1982 and later completed his secondary education at Community Secondary School, Ofoni where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1987. He obtained a diploma in community health at Rivers State College of Health Technology, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, between 1989 and 1991. He also attended the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt between 1991 and 1996 where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in secretarial administration. In 1998, He obtained his Master's in Business Administration and also obtained a MBA, Management Option in 2000 at Rivers State University of Science and Technology. He later studied law between 2002 -2007 at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and was called to bar in 2009.[4]

Political career[edit]

On October 4, 2018, He was announced the winner of the PDP Bayelsa West primary election.[5] In the February 23, 2019, Bayelsa West senatorial district, Ewhrudjakpo was announced winner having defeated Mathew Karimo of the APC having polled 49,912 votes as Karimo polled 20,219 votes[6][7][8] Ewhurdjakpo was picked as the running mate to Diri Duoye in Bayelsa state governorship election. In the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa Governorship Election, the candidate of the APC, David Lyon was declared winner having polled 352,552 votes to defeat Diri Duoye, who polled 143,172 votes.[9][10]

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the supreme court in Abuja ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate David Lyon as his running mate Degi Eremienyo Wangagra was found guilty of presenting false certificates. The court also asked Inec to issue new certificate of return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes. The candidates are Douye Diri and lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.[11][12]

On February 21, 2020, An Area Court in Lugbe Abuja ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to investigate the allegation of forgery of a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) certificate levelled against Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.[13][14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Assembly | Federal Republic of Nigeria". www.nassnig.org.
  2. ^ "Bayelsa: INEC declares seat of Senator Diri, Ewhrudjakpo vacant". February 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Odunsi, Wale (November 27, 2019). "Court orders arrest of Senator Ewhrudjakpo".
  4. ^ "The Man, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Bayelsa Deputy Governor-Elect". February 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Dickson's men get PDP senatorial slots in Bayelsa". guardian.ng.
  6. ^ Ibeh, Nnenna (February 27, 2019). "2019: How APC, PDP fared in Bayelsa National Assembly election". www.legit.ng.
  7. ^ "Dickson Kicks as PDP Wins Two Senate, Three House Seats in Bayelsa". February 28, 2019.
  8. ^ https://guardian.ng/news/pdp-wins-two-senatorial-three-house-of-representatives-seats-in-bayelsa/
  9. ^ "APC dislodges PDP in Bayelsa, wins governorship election".
  10. ^ Ukpong, Cletus (November 16, 2019). "BayelsaDecides (LIVE UPDATES): Official results from Polling Units, Wards".
  11. ^ "Rant Here: Supreme Court's verdict on Bayelsa State gov election".
  12. ^ "INEC Releases New Bayelsa Governorship Election Result, Excludes APC".
  13. ^ "Court Orders DSS To Probe Bayelsa Deputy Governor For Certificate Forgery".
  14. ^ "Certificate forgery: Court orders DSS to probe Bayelsa deputy gov".
  15. ^ "Alleged Certificate Forgery: Court orders SSS to investigate Bayelsa deputy governor". February 21, 2020.