Thursday, 14 November 2019

Buhari Calls For Transparency in Kogi, Bayelsa Election As Court Void APC Gov Candidate For Bayelsa: Olusegun Ariyo

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President Mohammadu Buhari has called for Equity and transparency in the coming Kogi and Bayelsa election slated for this coming Saturday, November 16,2019.

The president made this call through his Media Assistant, Mallam Garba Shehu and that which was obtained through his verified Facebook account.

The statement read: voters in two states Bayelsa and Kogi will be left alone to decide who takes charge of the administration of their important states for the next four years.

He added” since the ban on companies was lifted a few weeks ago, their citizens have been called to attend political rallies of various hues and were bombarded with Advertising on billboards, radio and Television, text tweets, Whatsapp and facebook post in campaigns that sadly have so far recorded not a few uninspiring incidents of violence and of intemperate use of language.

Shehu said  Muhammadu Buhari has made a strong demand for the exemplary conduct of non-partisanship on the part of election and law enforcement officials in the two states.
He said the president, therefore, urge that All must carry out their functions with fairness and transparency; without let or hindrance and without fear or favour.

He said: “I call on voters in Bayelsa and Kogi States to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and orderly manner and in line with the law in all situations. Law enforcement officials must ensure that citizens are allowed to vote without harassment and intimidation and any attempt to steal or hijack ballots must be stopped using all legal means.

“In all democratic elections, there are bound to be winners and losers and the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi will not be different. All candidates should be ready to accept the outcomes and wherever they are dissatisfied, they should follow the due process of the law in seeking redress. There must not be a resort to self-help.”

The President wishes the two states and their peoples a safe and credible exercise as they vote in these historic and suspenseful elections.
This was as a federal high court sitting in Yanagoa; Bayelsa state voided the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate Mr David Lyon for Saturday, November 6 election
The judge Justice Jane Inyang ruled that David Lyon was not the party’s candidate for the election.
One of APC’s governorship aspirants in Bayelsa Heineken Lokpobiri filed the petition against the Lyon.
Lokpobiri, a former minister of state for agriculture asked the court to declare him the authentic candidate of the APC.
“The court pronounced that the governorship primary conducted by the APC in Bayelsa state was not done in compliance with the guidelines and the constitution of the party, and, therefore, the party has no candidate,” Lokpobiri’s lawyer, Fitzgerald Olorogun told journalists after the court ruling.
“We’ll do the needful. But for now, the pronouncement of the court is that APC has no candidate.”
Earlier before now, the federal high court sitting in Abuja had also disqualified Lyon’s running mate Biobarakuma Degi From participating in the Election because he provided conflicting Information on the documents, he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

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