Breaking News: Court sacks Timipre Sylva as APC governorship candidate in Bayelsa

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has disqualified the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, from contesting the November 11 guber election in Bayelsa state.



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

Justice Donatus Okorowo ruled that Sylva, having been sworn in twice and ruled for five years as governor of the state, would breach the 1999 constitution as amended if allowed to contest again. Also noting that Sylva was not qualified to run in the coming election because if he wins and is sworn into office, he would spend more than eight years in office as governor of Bayelsa state.

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

He further stated that the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Marwa vs Nyako that nobody can expand the constitution or its scope, stressing that if Sylva was allowed to contest the next election, a person could compete as many times as he wanted.

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