APC has No Governorship Candidate in Bayelsa, Court Rules

Just about two days to the Bayelsa Governorship Election, the Federal High Court in Yenegua has declared that the All Progressive Congress, APC has no candidate due to lack of compliance to Electoral Act and the party electoral guidelines in the conduct of primary election.

The governorship election in the State comes up on Saturday, November 16.

The court presided over by Justice Jane Inyang gave the ruling in a case filed by Heineken Lokpobiri, one of the APC governorship aspirants.

A former Minister of State for Agriculture, Lokpobiri, had approached the court, seeking a declaration, that he, and not David Lyon is the authentic candidate of the APC.

The court on Thursday 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.

This was disclosed to journalists by Lokpobiri’s lawyer, Fitzgerald Olorogun, immediately after the court ruling.

The lawyer, who expressed shock at the court ruling, said the court declaration was not part of their prayers, adding that “It is strange.”

Asked what was the next option for his client, Olorogun said “We’ll do the needful. But for now, the pronouncement of the court is that APC has no candidate.”

The High Court in Abuja on Tuesday disqualified Lyon’s running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, from participating in the Saturday’s election on the grounds that he provided conflicting information on the documents he presented to INEC.

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