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Just In: INEC Decides On APC Contesting Bayelsa Gov’ship Election

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The National Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) will partake in the Bayelsa Governorship Election.

Naija News reports that the Bayelsa election is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Recall that the governorship candidate of the APC, David Lyon, was on Thursday disqualified by the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The party had suffered a similar major blow on Tuesday when a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja disqualified its deputy governorship candidate, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled that Senator Degi-Eremienyo presented false information in his CF0001 form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) to contest the election.

Justice Ekwo said he found no connection in the name on Degi-Eremienyo’s school-leaving certificate, first degree (BA), Master’s and the affidavits he swore to correct his name.

Just a few days after the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate, the court has also ruled that the APC has no candidate for the Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa state.

Speaking to Channels TV on Friday, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said no judgement barred the APC from participating in the Saturday’s election.

He said the High Court ruling did not make an order stopping APC as a political party from participating in the election.

Okoye said the poll would go on as planned by the commission.




Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.