- The APC's candidate for the senatorial by-election in Bayelsa West, Peremobowei Ebebi, has been disqualified
- Ebebi was disqualified by the court for submitting forged documents to INEC
- The APC's senatorial candidate is yet to react to the ruling, though a member of his campaign team said he will file an appeal
The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa has disqualified Peremobowei Ebebi, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa West senatorial district, from contesting the forthcoming senatorial by-election in the state.
Daily Trust reported that Justice Jane Inyang gave the judgment on Wednesday, November 4, on a case of forgery filed by Richman Samuel, a former director of domestic matters, Government House, Yenagoa against the APC’s candidate.
Legit.ng gathers that the court upheld Samuel's prayers and declared the APC’s candidate ineligible to contest in the by-election.
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Samuel contended that the academic credentials and voter’s card which the APC's candidate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the by-election were forged documents.
Justice Inyang in his ruling held that the voter’s card which the Ekeremor-born politician submitted to INEC “bears a different age and, therefore, contradicts other of his documents and his filed INEC forms.”
While the APC's candidate has not reacted to the ruling, a member of his campaign team who pleaded anonymity said he will appeal the judgment.
Meanwhile, months after it lost the governorship position to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also over forged documents, the APC had recently vowed that it would do all it could to win the two vacant senatorial seats in Bayelsa state.
Legit.ng gathered that the party’s caretaker committee chairman, Mala Buni, disclosed this on Tuesday, October 6, during the inauguration of an eleven-member reconciliatory/election committee in Abuja.
The defeat suffered by the party during the governorship election held in Edo state on September 19, greatly affected APC in the south-south geo-political zone of the country.
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