The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, has disqualified the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from contesting the Saturday 16 November, Governorship Election in the state.
Justice Jane Inyang ruled that the APC has no candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The ruling came as the judge was delivering judgement in a case filed by Heineken Lokpobiri, one of the APC governorship aspirants in Bayelsa.
Lokpobiri who was not satisfied with the emergence of David Lyon as the candidate of the APC, approached the court to withdraw Lyon’s candidacy and declare him the authentic candidate.
In her ruling, the court noted that the APC did not comply with the guidelines and the party’s constitution in the conduct of the primary election in the state.
“The court pronounced that the governorship primary conducted by the APC in Bayelsa state was not done in compliance with the guidelines and the constitution of the party, and, therefore, the party has no candidate,” Fitzgerald Olorogun, Lokpobiri’s lawyer told journalists. He however added that the court’s decision was strange and not part of their prayers.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had also disqualified the deputy governorship candidate of the APC, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
According to the court in its ruling in the case filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the APC deputy governorship candidate provided conflicting information on the documents he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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