APC’s Deputy Gov. Candidate In Bayelsa Was Disqualified By Court Because …

Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday, disqualified the Bayelsa State Deputy Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

The court, in a judgement by Justice Inyang Ekwo, invalidated Degi-Eremienyo’s participation in the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, November 16, after it found him guilty of presentation of false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The judgement followed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1101/2019 which the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, its Governorship Candidate, Douye Diri, and Deputy Governorship Candidate, Lawrence Ewhruojakpo, instituted before the court.Cited as defendants in the matter were Bayelsa APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, Degi-Eremienyo and INEC.

The court said it was satisfied that the APC deputy governorship candidate gave false information in the form CF0001 he submitted to INEC to contest the election.
It held that all the documents containing his educational qualifications bore different names.We strongly believe that the judgement cannot withstand superior judicial scrutiny.

Therefore, our lawyers have filed a notice of appeal and other court processes to arrest the execution of the judgement pending the outcome of the appeal., Doifie Buokoribo APC publicity secretary of the party in a statement said, the judgement occasioned a miscarriage of justice, is glaringly perverse and against the weight of evidence before the Court.

We are totally surprised that the Court could despite the objections by our lawyers, go ahead to determine a weighty criminal allegation of falsification and fraud solely on the bases of affidavit evidence contrary to well established judicial precedents that such must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt by calling oral evidence.We call on all our members and supporters not to be distracted by the court ruling but continue to peacefully mobilize for the November 16, 2019 Governorship elections.


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