Appeal Court Rules Timipre Sylva Free to Contest Bayelsa Governorship Election

Appeal Court Rules APC's Timipre Sylva Free to Contest Bayelsa Governorship Election

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja, has vacated the order nullifying the candidacy of Chief Timipre Sylva, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State.

Timiprye Sylva

A Federal High Court in Abuja had disqualified Sylva as candidate of the APC in the November 11 governorship election.

The high court had declared that Sylva was not qualified to run in the November poll because if he wins and is sworn in, he would spend more than eight years in office as governor of the state.

Citing the case of Marwa vs Nyako at the Supreme Court, the court held that the drafters of the country’s constitution stated that nobody should be voted for as governor more than twice and that the parties to the suit agreed that Sylva was voted into office two times.

It further stated that the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Marwa vs Nyako that nobody can expand the constitution or its scope, saying if Sylva was allowed to contest the next election, it means a person can contest as many times as he wishes.

The suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/821/2023 was filed on June 13, 2023 by Deme Kolomo, a member of the APC.

Based on the court ruling, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) excluded Sylva’s name and that of his running mate, Joshua Maciver, from the list of contestants of the November 11 exercise.

The list signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, had the column for the names of APC candidate and his ruining mate left blank with remarks, “Court order”.