BEVERLY HILLS, November 14, (THEWILL) – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State says it remains in the race for the Saturday, November 16 governorship election and has approached the Court of Appeal to procure a stay of execution of the ruling of the federal high court which annulled the party’s governorship primary of Sept 4, 2019.
Also, the leader of the party in the state and Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the party had successfully gotten the Appeal Court’s approval to participate in the election.
THEWILL recalls that a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Jane Inyang had on Thursday nullified the nomination of Chief David Lyon as the candidate of the APC in a suit filed by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, one of the aspirants that sought the ticket of APC.
Lopkobiri in a reaction to the ruling expressed shock and surprise saying he did not pray the court to annul the primary. He said he prayed the court to declare winner of the primary.
Reacting to the judgment, Mr. Jothan Amos, Chairman of Bayelsa chapter of APC said that the party was optimistic of overcoming the setback before Saturday’s poll.
He assured party followers to remain calm.
THEWILL also recalls that a Federal High Court in Abuja had on Tuesday disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, from participating in the forthcoming election.
The court disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate on the grounds that he provided conflicting information on the documents he presented to INEC, but APC has also appealed the suit.