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Senatorial By-Election: Court Disqualifies APC Candidate

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Wednesday, disqualified the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Bayelsa West senatorial district by-election, Peremobowei Ebebi, over document forgery.

Justice Jane Inyang gave the judgment while ruling on a case of forgery filed by Richman Samuel, a former director of domestic matters, Government House, Yenagoa against Ebebi.

Samuel had told the court that the academic credentials and voter’s card the APC candidate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the by-election were forged documents.

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The judge in her ruling held that the voter’s card submitted by the APC candidate to INEC “bears a different age and, therefore, contradicts other of his documents.”

Consequently, the court upheld Samuel’s prayers and declared Ebebi ineligible to take part in the by-election.
APC had won the November 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa but lost it to the People Democratic Party (PDP) at the Supreme Court due to certificate forgery.

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