INEC bars APC from Bayelsa West senatorial by-election

Whatsapp News

The has struck out the All and its candidate, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi, from the Bayelsa West Senatorial District .

The , which was scheduled for October 31, 2020, was rescheduled for December 5, 2020 as a result of the EndSARS protests and disturbances that rocked the country recently.

The Head of Voter Education and Publicity of in Bayelsa , Mr. Wilfred Ifogah, said in a statement issued on behalf of the Electoral Commissioner that the commission had taken a decision out the APC and its candidate.

Ifogah said that the decision was in compliance with the of the Federal Court, Yenagoa which restrained the commission from including the logo and name of the APC and its candidate on the ballot.

He explained that only 12 political parties would participate in the rescheduled on December 5, 2020.

He said: “The wishes inform the good people of Bayelsa , especially the electorate and stakeholders in Bayelsa West Senatorial District, that the conduct of the election into the vacant seat, which was initially scheduled on 31 October, 2020, has been rescheduled hold on December 5, 2020, with only twelve political parties qualified participate.

“The above reduction in parties participating is in compliance to the Federal judgments in suits number FHC/YNG/CS 60/2020 and FHC/YNG/CS/66/2020 which restrained the from including the name and logo of the candidate of the All for Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Peremobowei Ebebi.”

But reacting to the , the Director General of Peremobowei Ebebi Campaign , Mr Williams Ofoni, said the decision of was hasty.

He said the electoral umpire was economical with the truth and that the candidate of the APC in the poll, Peremobowei Ebebi, had already appealed the judgments of the Federal Court.

He expressed optimism that the Appeal Court would overturn the judgments given by the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa .

The Nation