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Bayelsa Election: Supreme Court To Hear APC’s Request On Wednesday

A file photograph of a courtroom on the Supreme Court docket advanced in Abuja. Photograph: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



The Supreme Court docket has fastened Wednesday, February 26 to listen to the appliance filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The ruling occasion is looking for amongst others, a assessment of the February 13 judgement of the apex courtroom which disqualified its candidate within the November 16, 2019, governorship election in Bayelsa State, David Lyon.

Within the software filed on Thursday final week by its group of legal professionals led by a Senior Advocate of Niger (SAN), Wole Olanipekun, the APC requested the Supreme Court docket to put aside some parts of its judgment.

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This embody the place the courtroom “wrongly” held that the Federal Excessive Court docket disqualified its governorship candidate together with its deputy governorship candidate, and the place it held that the joint ticket of its candidates was vitiated by the disqualification of the deputy governorship candidate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, and that each candidates have been deemed to not be candidates within the election.

The occasion additionally urged the Supreme Court docket to put aside the portion of its judgment the place it ordered the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to declare as winner of the governorship election, candidates with the very best variety of lawful votes.

It disagreed with the portion the place the courtroom ordered INEC to withdraw the certificates of return issued to its governorship candidate and difficulty a contemporary one to the candidate who had the very best variety of lawful votes.

The APC argued that it was flawed for the Supreme Court docket to have voided its candidates’ participation within the election, as a result of the judgment by the Federal Excessive Court docket which disqualified its deputy governorship candidate, was stayed as at when the election was performed.

It additionally requested that the Supreme Court docket put aside what it described because the “wrong” interpretation given to its judgment of February 13, 2020, and the next execution by INEC.

The occasion contended, amongst others, that the Supreme Court docket in its judgment misinterpreted the November 12, 2019, judgment of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja which the apex courtroom affirmed.

It insisted that the Supreme Court docket acted with out jurisdiction and denied it honest listening to when it proceeded to disqualify its governorship candidate, regardless that the Federal Excessive Court docket within the judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo, which the apex courtroom affirmed, refused the plaintiffs’ prayer to disqualify Mr Lyon.

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