June 25, 2024

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BREAKING: At last, Timipre Sylva gets court nod on Bayelsa gov’ship election

ONLY hours left, a federal court has cleared former minister of state for petroleum Timipre Sylva to partake in tomorrow’s governorship election in Bayelsa State.
His case has lingered in courts with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a point being ordered to delist Sylva’s name.
But, late this evening, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja quashed a case seeking to disqualify Sylva from the Bayelsa guber election.
This was confirmed after the appellate court dismissed the application seeking his disqualification from the election.
In its ruling, the court noted that the litigant’s application lacked merit and was non-justifiable.
A three-member appeal court panel, led by Justice Binta Zubar, deems the appeal by Hon. Isikima Ogbomade Johnson as lacking merit, stating that the case was non-justiceable and was brought in bad faith.
Now, Timpre Sylva is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in tomorrow’s Bayelsa guber election.
The court supported Sylva’s argument that he did not take the oath of office twice, as his initial election as Bayelsa State governor was annulled by courts, leading to a subsequent valid election.
Appeal court justices also dismiss claims that the APC’s primary election on April 14, 2023 which nominated Sylva, violated relevant laws, citing evidence from INEC and APC that demonstrated legal compliance.
“From the uncontroverted independent report of INEC, it is clear beyond any doubt that a valid primary election was conducted by APC and monitored by the electoral umpire as required by law.”
Also, the court deems the appellant’s case as statute-barred, having been filed outside the 14-day legal timeframe for pre-election matters.