Court Nullifies Bayelsa’s APC Primaries

Court Nullifies Bayelsa’s APC Primaries

Bernard Femi

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa on Thursday nullified the governorship primaries that produced Chief David Lyon as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In her ruling, Justice Jane Inyang held that the primaries were conducted arbitrarily outside the rules of the party.

“It has been established by judicial authorities and several judgments that political parties are bound by their own rules, the committee that conducted the primaries threw caution to the winds and it is my ruling that the primaries stand nullified,” the judge ruled.

“The result announced by Senator Emmanuel Ochega is not valid, as he is not the returning officer for the election.

“And I make an order restraining INEC from recognising any of the aspirants that participated in the said primaries.”

The suit filed by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri challenged the conduct of the governorship primaries of APC which held on September 4.

She, therefore, restrained the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), from including Lyon as the APC candidate in the governorship election slated for Saturday.

Inyang noted that, according to the APC guidelines for the conduct of the 2019 governorship primaries, the results were expected to be declared by the returning officer for the pre-election, Governor Mai Kala Buni of Yobe, and not Senator Emmanuel Ochega, secretary of the election committee.

Inyang also held that the APC violated its own rules in the composition of the election panel when it constituted a one-member committee and not seven members, as stipulated in the party rules.

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