- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the All Progressives Congress (APC) will participate in Bayelsa governorship election
- INEC says the party was not disqualified by the court from partaking in the poll
- The APC had earlier rejected the court verdict and promised to appeal it
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has not been disqualified from partaking in the Bayelsa governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared.
INEC gave the clarification on Friday, November 15, less than 24 hours to the election.
Festus Okoye, a national commissioner with INEC, who spoke during a political programme on Channels Television, insisted that the APC will take part in the exercise.
Okoye, who doubles as head of information committee of the commission, argued that the judgement delivered by a Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa, did not stop the party from going ahead with the election.
As a result, he insisted that the election would go on as planned.
Legit.ng reported that the party had earlier rejected the ruling and said it was heading to appeal court.
At a press briefing on Thursday, November 14, the party said it would appeal the judgement, adding that its lawyers were already working on the processes to first secure a stay of execution.
The party accused the judge of the court, Justice Jane Inyang, of escaping with the judgement she delivered which nullified the party’s primary election that produced Lyon as the candidate of the party for the election.
Meanwhile, a Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja cleared the APC to participate in the election.
In a ruling on Thursday, November 14, the appellate court panel led by Justice Steven Adah also cleared the APC deputy governorship candidate, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo for the November 16 election.
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