Bayelsa APC Governorship Candidate Gets Butted Out By Court
By Iheme Kelechi 28 days ago
File Photo: (APC Governorship Candidate David Lyon)
APC governorship candidate for Bayelsa polls on saturday 16th November has been butted out by a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, on Thursday.
The court nullified the governorship primaries that produced Chief David Lyon as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Nov. 16 poll in the state.
The trial judge, Justice Jane Inyang, while delivering judgment, held that the primaries that produced David Lyon was conducted arbitrarily outside the rules APC.
Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, another aspirant who took part in the said primaries but was not satisfied with the outcome challenged the conduct of the governorship primaries of APC which held on September 4 and thus filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Yenegoa.
The Judge held that the process was conducted in violation of APC's guidelines and constitution, which was clearly spelt out for the conduct of governorship primaries, thus directing that David Lyon, as well as the other aspirants should not be fielded as the party’s candidate for the November 16th electionRelated: Nnamdi Kanu Suffers Setback In ECOWAS Court
Justice Inyang therefore restrained the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), from including Lyon as the APC candidate in the governorship election holding on Saturday
The Judge stated that APC guidelines for the conduct of the 2019 governorship primaries, stipulated that the results will be declared by the returning officer.
But in the Bayelsa Governorship primaries, the results were declared by Sen. Emmanuel Ochega, Secretary of the election Committee, instead of Mai Kala Buni of Yobe who is the chairman of the committee.
Justice Inyang also held that the APC had violated its own rules in the composition of the election panel when it constituted a one-member committee instead of a seven member committee as stipulated in the APC rules.
“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 Sen 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”, she said.