Biography of David Lyon, Career and Personal Life

David Lyon Perewonrimi was born on December 20th, 1970. He was born to the family of Mr and Mrs Arukubu Lyon Ekpeke of Abebiri family of Eubiri compound, Olugbobiri community in Olodiama clan, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

He is a Nigerian politician and former governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC). David Lyon won the gubernatorial poll but was sacked a day to his swearing.

Educational Background

In 1978, David Lyon attended Saint Gabriel’s State School Olugbobiri. He proceeded to Community secondary school, Olugbobiri where he obtained his Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) in 1983. In 1988, David Lyon obtained National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics and Chemistry from the Rivers State College of Education.


David Lyon worked as a foreman at Western Geophysical Company Limited. He later became the CEO of Darlon Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited a subsidiary of Darlon Groups.

David Lyon joined politics during the third republic. Lyon became a member of the now defunct National Republican Congress (NRC). He contested and won the position of a councilor in Ijaw South Local Government.

In 1998, Lyon was one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State. In 2000, Lyon was appointed Caretaker committee Chairman of Apoi Olodiama Local Government Development Center.

In 2015, Lyon decamped to All Progrssive Congress (APC). He picked up nomination form to run for Governor. He won the party primaries but lost in the gubernatorial poll against Timipre Sylva of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In 2019, Lyon picked up nomination form to run for Bayelsa state Governor under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC). He defeated Diri Duoye of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 Gubernatorial poll.

Supreme Court nullifies Bayelsa governor-elect’s election

On 13th February 2020, a five man panel led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili nullified the election of David Lyon, a day before his swearing in as governor of Bayelsa State.

The Supreme Court nullified the election of David Lyon over the submission of fake certificate by his supposed deputy governor Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
The Supreme Court further ordered that the candidate with the next highest vote be sworn in as governor. Thus Diri Duoye of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be sworn in as the next governor of Bayelsa State.

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