The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been ordered by An Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday ordered not to remove the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, David Lyon, from the ballot to enable him to participate in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State slated for Saturday.
The court gave the order following an ex parte motion filed by counsel for the Bayelsa State governorship candidate, David Lyon on November 14, 2019.
It set aside the November 14 judgement of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, which declared that the APC should not be on the ballot for allegedly conducting a governorship primary that failed to comply with the party guidelines and constitution.
The Court of Appeal ordered INEC to “maintain the status quo ante bellium which existed before 18 September 2019”.
Heineken Lokpobiri, a governorship aspirant who lost the APC primary to Lyon, is one of the respondents in the appeal, including INEC.
To underscore the critical nature of the court case, the APC national leadership was said to have dispatched lawyers from Abuja to Port Harcourt for it.
One of the grounds for Lyon’s application at the Court of Appeal was that there would be “a great irreparable damage” to himself and his party, the APC, if the judgement by Justice Jane Inyang of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, is allowed to be executed before the election.
The order from the appeal court comes as a great relief to the APC which looks good to challenge PDP’s dominance in Bayelsa politics.
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