The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital has ruled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot field candidates in the Saturday, November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The ruling may not be unconnected with an earlier judgment disqualifying the APC's deputy governorship candidate from the poll.
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday had disqualified Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, from participating in the November 16, 2019 governorship election.
Delivering judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification on the grounds that he presented false information about his educational qualifications in his Form CF001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission as a candidate for the 2019 poll.
He ruled that the act amounted to giving false information in violation of section 31(5) and (6) of the 2010 Electoral Act.
The judge noted that the Form CF001 was a document validated by oath, adding that “the consequence of lying on oath is grave.”
He noted that it had been held in Action Congress V. INEC (2007) “that where a candidate is found to have lied on oath, a court must issue an order disqualifying such a candidate from contesting the election.”
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1101/2019 was instituted on September 18, 2019, by the Peoples Democratic Party, its governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, and Lawrence Ewhruojakpo.
Joined as defendants were the APC, its governorship candidate in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State, Lyon Pereworimin, Degi-Eremienyo, and INEC.