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Count us out of Bayelsa PDP primaries — INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday said it would not participate in Saturday Peoples Democratic Party primary in Bayelsa State until the court order stopping it was vacated.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja, the INEC Commissioner in Charge of Information, Mr. Solomon Soyebi, said the commission would always obey all court orders.

Soyebi said that INEC, as currently constituted, would not be a party to any action that would amount to disobeying a legitimate court order.

The PDP had in a statement on Thursday cited Section 87 (10) 2010 of the Electoral Act, as empowering it to conduct the congress.

Soyebi said "You know there is a court injunction.

"INEC is a law abiding commission and since there is a court order, we will not do anything that is contrary to the provisions of the law. We at the commission obey court orders."

Governor Timipre Silva and his legal team had secured a court injunction restraining the PDP from conducting fresh party primaries until the determination of his suit.