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Bayelsa APC rejects court judgment disqualifying its deputy governorship candidate



Biabarakuma Degi

Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the judgment of the Federal High Court which disqualified its Deputy Governorship candidate, Biabarakuma Degi, was ‘dead on arrival.’

The Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday disqualified APC’s Degi governorship election for allegedly providing false information in his CF0001 form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) to contest the election.

APC’s Publicity Secretary, Doifie Buokoribo, in a statement on Tuesday said the “judgement occasioned a miscarriage of justice; it is glaringly perverse and against the weight of evidence before the Court.

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“We are totally surprised that the Court could despite the objections by our lawyers, go ahead to determine a weighty criminal allegation of falsification and fraud solely on the bases of affidavit evidence contrary to well established judicial precedents that such must be proved beyond reasonable doubt by calling oral evidence.

“We strongly believe that the judgment cannot withstand a superior judicial scrutiny, therefore, our lawyers have filed a notice of appeal and other court processes to arrest the execution of the judgment pending the outcome of the appeal.

“We call on all our members and supporters not to be distracted but continue to peacefully mobilize for the November 16, 2019 elections.”

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