Court disqualifies Ibezim as APC candidate in Imo North senatorial by-election

Court disqualifies Ibezim as APC candidate in Imo North senatorial by-election

- The court has ruled that Chukwuma Francis Ibezim is not the APC candidate in the Imo North senatorial election

- Ibezim was qualified by the court over alleged falsification of the documents he submitted to INEC

- However, a document released by INEC ahead of the poll shows the APC will be participating in the poll with another candidate

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Chukwuma Francis Ibezim has been disqualified as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Imo North Senatorial by-election, The Nation reports.

The newspaper stated that a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, December 4, disqualified Ibezim from contesting the election.

Ibezim was found guilty of making false statements in the documents he submitted to the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Imo senatorial by-election: Court disqualifies APC candidate Chukwuma Francis Ibezim
Chukwuma Francis Ibezim: Court disqualifies APC candidate in Imo North senatorial by-election. Photo credit: @OfficialAPCNg
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The APC candidate reportedly presented falsified and uncertified photocopies of West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.

Consequently, the judge ordered INEC to remove his name from the list of candidates for the by-election.

The suit was reportedly filed by Asomugha Tony Elebeke, with Ibezim, APC and INEC as defendants.

However, notes that the final list of candidates participating in the poll released by INEC shows the APC will participate in the poll.

The list shows that Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume is the APC's candidate recognised by the electoral body based on a court order.

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In another report, the candidates of the APC in the forthcoming senatorial by-elections in Bayelsa state have been cleared by the court to participate in the polls.

A Federal High Court had earlier disqualified the APC's candidate in Bayelsa West, Peremobowei Ebebi, from contesting over allegations of fraud.

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However, a special panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Wednesday, December 2, stayed the execution of the judgment until the substantive suit is held.

Similarly, the APC's candidate in Bayelsa Central, Chief Abel Ebifemowei, will also be contesting as the Federal High Court in Yenagoa struck out the case seeking to disqualify him from the election.

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