The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, says the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peremobowei Ebebi, is unqualified to contest in the Bayelsa West Senatorial by-election.
Following a case of forgery filed by Richman Samuel, a former Director of Domestic Matters, Government House, Yenagoa, Presiding Judge, Justice Jane Inyang, upheld the plaintiff’s prayers and declared the APC candidate ineligible.
The plaintiff was said to have reported that the academic credentials and voter’s card, which the defendant submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the by-election, were forged documents.
Justice Inyang further held in her ruling that the voter’s card which the Ekeremor-born politician submitted to INEC “as declared by his (Ebebi’s) father, bears a different age and, therefore, contradicts other of his documents and his filed INEC forms.”
She further stated that details presented showed that Ebebi’s West African Senior School Certificate, which the defendant used to gain admission to study law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, had only two credits, which fell short of the required credits in five relevant subjects, including English Language and Literature in English.
Counsel for the plaintiff, Reuben Iguaba, explained that in a similar suit filed by some members of the APC challenging the legitimacy of the party’s primary election, the court also gave judgment against the former deputy governor.
Iguaba while speaking to journalists about the validity of the APC candidate said, “The first case was on presenting false information by the APC candidate. Some of the registered APC members from Bayelsa West Senatorial District applied to the INEC to verify the authenticity of the certificates submitted by Chief Ebebi.
“And they discovered that his voter’s card was a forged document, not genuine document. Not only that, he got admission to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, with two credits to study law.”
Meanwhile, reacting to his disqualification, Ebebi said “My main opponent is just looking for a shortcut to the Senate. We will appeal the judgment.”