- INEC has said that APC would not field any candidate for the incoming senatorial by-election in Bayelsa state
- This was declared on Thursday, November 20, by the commission's head of voter education and publicity in the state, Wilfred Ifogah
- Ifogah noted that INEC took the decision based on two court judgements
Less than three weeks to the contest of by-elections in some states of the federation, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has excluded the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Peremobowei Ebebi, from the Bayelsa West senatorial by-election.
Legit.ng gathered that the head of voter education and publicity of INEC in Bayelsa state, Wilfred Ifogah, made this known on Thursday, November 20, in a statement issued on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
He stressed that the INEC's decision to delist the APC and Ebebi from the by-election contest was in compliance with the two separate judgments of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa.
Ifogah said the court’s rulings restrained the commission from including the logo and name of the APC and its candidate on the ballot in the suits with numbers FHC/YNG/CS/60/2020 and FHC/YNG/CS/66/2020.
The court had on November 3, disqualified Peremoboei Ebebi as the APC candidate from the Bayelsa West senatorial by-election in two-related cases of alleged forgery.
The court also nullified the primary election of the party which produced the former deputy governor of the state as the party’s candidate.
The suits were filed separately by Richman Samuel, a former director of domestic matters, Government House, Yenagoa, and some registered members of the APC from the senatorial district.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the INEC released the names of candidates set to participate in the Imo North senatorial district bye-election.
It was reported that the electoral commission said the list was released in compliance with an order of the Federal High Court.
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