The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has removed the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its candidate, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi, from the forthcoming 5th of December Bayelsa West senatorial by-election.
INEC’s Head of Voters Education and Publicity in Bayelsa State, Mr. Wilfred Ifogah, made this known in a statement issued on behalf of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) explaining that the Commission took the decision to strike out the APC and its candidate in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, restraining it from including the logo and name of the party and its candidate on the ballot.
Ifogah explained that only 12 political parties would participate in the rescheduled by-election, adding that, “The Commission wishes to inform the people of Bayelsa State, especially the electorate and stakeholders in Bayelsa West Senatorial District, that the conduct of the election into the vacant seat, which was initially scheduled on October 31, has been rescheduled to hold on December 5, with only 12 political parties qualified to participate.
“The above reduction in parties participating is in compliance to the Federal High judgments in suit number FHC/YNG/CS 60/2020 and FHC/YNG/CS/66/2020, which restrained the Commission from including the name and logo of the candidate of the APC for Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Peremobowei Ebebi.”
In his reaction, Ebebi described the decision as hasty, saying he had appealed the judgment.