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INEC bars APC from Bayelsa West by-election

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Independent National Electoral Commission has barred the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Peremobowei Ebebi, from the Bayelsa West senatorial by-election.

The Head of Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Bayelsa State, Wilfred Ifogah, announced this on Thursday in a statement issued on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner.

The by-elections for Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West were scheduled to hold on October 31 but were rescheduled for December 5 as a result of the #EndSARS protests.

Ifogah said the commission’s decision to delist the APC and Ebebi from the Bayelsa West senatorial contest was in compliance with the two separate judgments of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa.

He 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.

Ifogah, therefore, stated that only 12, instead of the initially cleared 13, political parties would participate in the by-election.

Federal High Court in Yenagoa, presided over by Justice Jane Inyang, 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.

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