The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC from disqualifying the Bayelsa state Governorship candidate of the All progressive congress APC in Saturday’s Governorship election.
The three man panel led by justice Lokulo Sodipe also restrained INEC from executing the order of the federal high court which directed the the logo and name of the APC and its candidate David Lyon be removed from the ballot paper.
Justice Lokulo Sodipe in his ruling held that the panel abides by the decision made by the Abuja division of the court of Appeal which compelled INEC to maintain status quo from the eighteenth of September two thousand and eighteen when the matter was instituted pending the determination of the motion on notice.
Reacting to the ruling counsel to the APC, Sydney Ibanuchuka said the ruling has laid to rest the apprehension among members of the APC and its Governorship Candidate David Lyon.
Few days to the Bayelsa Guber election APC members and supporters were gripped by fear that the party’s candidate maybe disqualified from the election following the court ruling invalidating the party’s primary election.