The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, has affirmed that the Action Alliance (AA) is not Qualified to present candidates for the gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
The party, along with its governorship candidates in Bayelsa , Ebi Peretiemo and Kogi, Dr. Samuel Alfa , had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the rejection of their nominations for the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa State.
They said they were at the INEC headquarters on September 9, 2019 to submit Forms CF.001 and CF.002, among other nomination forms for the two candidates.
The plaintiffs added that they were given tag number 15, but an INEC official in charge of the collection of the forms refused to accept their forms when it got to their turn. Delivering judgment on the suit on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, held that the plaintiffs failed to provide evidence that they were on the premises of INEC or attempted to submit their forms before 6:00 p.m. on September 9, 2019 as they claimed.
He held that without providing the said evidence, the party failed to comply with the INEC’s guidelines that all political parties must have submitted their nomination forms by 6:00 p.m. of September 9, 2019.
The Court said: “The first plaintiff (AA), having not complied with the guidelines and regulations of INEC that it must submit its candidates’ nomination forms on or before 6:00 p.m. on September 9, 2019, is ineligible to field candidates in the November 2019 governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
They contended in the suit that, having complied with the provisions of 85(1) to (2) and section 31(1) of the Electoral Act, INEC could not have validly rejected the nomination of their candidates for the forthcoming elections in the two states.