The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in November 16 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, has been disqualified from the contest by a Federal High Court sitting in Yenogoa, the state capital.
Justice Jane Inyang gave the ruling in a case between an aggrieved governorship candidate of the party, Heineken Lokpobiri and Lyon.
Lokpobiri, former state Minister for Agriculture, had approached the court with the prayer that he should be declared the authentic candidate of the APC.
However, in its ruling, the court declared that “the governorship primary conducted by the APC in Bayelsa state was not done in compliance with the guidelines and the constitution of the party, and, therefore, the party has no candidate.”
Reacting to the ruling, the counsel to Lokpobiri, Fitzgerald Olorogun, said he was shocked by the judgement as it was not part of their prayers.
He described the ruling as being “strange”.
Before the ruling, Lokpobiri had always urged the electorate to vote for the APC in the forthcoming polls.
“I’m a very strong member of APC and I came today to formally tell our chairman and speak to Nigerians, in particular, the electorate in Bayelsa that all of them should vote for APC regardless of what happens in the court case in which judgment is slated for Nov. 14, 2019,” he said when he visited Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, in Abuja some weeks ago.
“I told my supporters even before I came here that no matter what happened, I will remain in APC having served as a minister under this administration.
“There is no way the outcome of the governorship primaries will make me leave APC. We are working and campaigning at different levels.
“I always advise that anybody that is grieved, the only place to go is the court.
“So, whatever happens in the matter that is pending in court will not be an infraction on any part of our party’s constitution,” the former Minister concluded.