Court Disqualifies APC Deputy Governorship Candidate in Bayelsa


The Federal High Court Abuja has disqualified the deputy governorship candidate, Mr. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, from participating in the November 16 poll.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in his judgement, said Mr. Degi-Eremienyo provided conflicting information in his documents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The judge upheld the arguments of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the proposed deputy governorship candidate gave false information in support of his candidacy to the electoral body.

The APC governorship running mate also provided different names at all levels of his education.

The PDP said Mr. Degi-Eremienyo’s name was written as Degi Biobara in his primary school certificate, the documents from his secondary education bore Adige Biobarakumo, as his name.

Also, the APC governorship running mate’s university education had Degi Biobarakuma as his name while the PDP said the result from his MBA certificate had Degi Biobarakuma Wangaha as the name of the same person.

The Justice Ekwo upheld the arguments of the PDP that the affidavits sworn to support the changes in the names were insufficient to validate the changes.

The court, therefore, decided that Mr. Degi-Eremienyo did not fulfill the requirements for participation in the forthcoming governorship election and disqualified him.

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