APC has no candidate in Bayelsa gov election – Court

Chief David-Lyon, Bayelsa APC governorship candidate Credit: The Nation

The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa on Thursday disqualified the All Progressives Congress (APC) from participating in the November 16 Bayelsa State governorship election.

Justice Jane Inyang ruled that the APC does not have a candidate for the election, stating that the primary election was conducted in violation of the party’s constitution and guidelines.

She also stated that according to the APC guidelines, the returning officer for the pre-election, Governor Mai Kala Buni of Yobe State was suppose to announce the result and not Senator Emmanuel Ochega, Secretary of the election Committee.

“It has been established by judicial authorities and several judgments that political parties are bound by their own rules, the committee that conducted the primary threw caution to the winds and it is my ruling that the primaries stand nullified.

“The results announced by Senator Emmanuel Ochega is not valid as he is not the returning officer for the election.

“And I make an order restraining INEC from recognising any of the aspirants that participated in the said primaries,” Inyang said.

Recall that a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday disqualified the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo for providing INEC with false information.

Justice Inyang Ekwo stated that there is no connection in the name on his school-leaving certificate, first degree (BA), Master’s and the affidavits he swore, adding that all the documents Degi-Eremienyo tendered bore different names.

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