Senator Degi Eremienyo Biobarakumo, the deputy Governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress APC in Bayelsa state has reacted to the judgment given by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the federal high court, says is laughable.
“The judgement is laughable because I have the minimum qualification to contest the election and my credentials are before the court. I have contested elections over and over. I am a solid senator of the Federal Republic and I wonder how the court will give a judgement that I do not have the the minimum qualification to contest the election. In the days to come the truth will come out. It is very unfortunate that they are talking of inconsistencies, inconsistency of what?
There is room for appeal and I know that judgment can not stand the test of time.”
This is as a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday disqualified the deputy governorship candidate of the party, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, over false information in his CF0001 form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) to contest the election.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, said he found no nexus in the name on his school leaving certificate, first degree (BA), Master’s and the affidavits he sworn to the correct his name.
He held that all his documents bore different names. He therefore disqualified him on the ground that he provided false information to the electoral umpire to stand for the election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had sued the Bayelsa APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, Degi-Eremienyo and INEC, seeking the disqualification of Degi-Eremienyo.
The court granted the prayers as canvassed.
By implication, APC may not field candidate for this week’s governorship election as window for substitution of candidate has closed.