Despite the Federal High Court’s ruling on All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidates participation in the election scheduled to hold tomorrow in Bayelsa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said that the APC will be participating in the election.
According to Premium Times, the INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye confirmed this on Friday.
Mr Okoye said, “Court ruling does not say APC should not participate in the election,” said Mr Okoye, a national commissioner who speaks for the electoral body.
“APC will be on the ballot paper. The court only says the two candidates are not eligible. But we don’t have candidates on the ballot papers. We only have logos of parties and those are what will be there.”
“All the sensitive materials are already leaving the Central Bank (in Yenagoa) for the RACs.”
It was gathered that the Court in Yenaga had ruled that the APC has no candidate in the forthcoming election.
This was as a result of the misunderstanding between gubernatorial candidates of the APC, David Lyon and former minister Heineken Lokpobriri.
Further reports said Lokpobiri had claimed he is the rightful candidate of the party and had prayed to court to declare him as the APC candidate.
However, the court did not grant his prayer but ruled that the primaries conducted violates the party rules and guidelines, hence no candidate emerged for the election scheduled to hold tomorrow.