Bayelsa Guber Election: Court Disqualifies APC Candidate Timipre Sylva


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has disqualified the  governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva.

Justice Donatus Okorowo who made the pronouncement dismissed the preliminary objections on the ground that they had no bearing with the main suit. 

He made it clear that the suit was not about documents submitted to INEC by Chief Slyva, but that the former Governor could not be constitutionally elected for another 4 years having earlier served as governor for 5 years.

According to him, if Sylva wins and is sworn in, he would be spending more than 8 years in office as governor of Bayelsa State.

On the main suit itself, the court relying on Marwa v. Nyako, held that a person cannot be voted for as a governor more than 2 times and that the provisions of the Constitution cannot be wishfully expanded. 

The court then granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiff, Dennis Kolomo.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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