The Independent National Electoral Commission has excluded the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Peremobowei Ebebi , from the Bayelsa West senatorial by – election .
The Head of Voter Education and Publicity , INEC , Bayelsa State , Wilfred Ifogah , announced this on Thursday in a statement issued on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner .
The by- elections for Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West were scheduled to hold on October 31 but were rescheduled for December 5 as a result of the # EndSARS protests.
Ifogah said the commission ’ s decision to delist the APC and Ebebi from the Bayelsa West senatorial contest was in compliance with the two separate judgments of the Federal High Court , Yenagoa .
He said the court ’ s rulings restrained the commission from including the logo and name of the APC and its candidate on the ballot in the suits with numbers FHC / YNG /CS / 60 / 2020 and FHC / YNG / CS / 66 / 2020 .
Ifogah , therefore, stated that only 12 , instead of the initially cleared 13 , political parties would participate in the by – election .
The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, presided over by Justice Jane Inyang , had on November 3 disqualified Peremoboei Ebebi as the APC candidate from the Bayelsa West senatorial by – election in two-related cases of alleged forgery .
The court also nullified the primary election of the party which produced the former deputy governor of the state as the party’ s candidate.