Bayelsa Gov’ship: Sylva Escapes Fresh Hurdle On Election Eve

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed a fresh suit seeking to exclude Timipre Sylva, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Saturday’s governorship election.

On Friday, a three-member panel of justices held that the suit was not justiciable, was in bad faith, and statute-barred, having been filed outside time.

In the unanimous judgment read by Justice Binta Zubar, the panel agreed that the allegations that Sylva took the oath of the governorship office twice could not stand in the face of law because competent courts had invalidated the first one.

In the appeal marked CA/ABJ/CV/1052/2023, Justices Zubar also dismissed the allegation against the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary held on April 14, which produced Sylva as flagbearer, was done in contravention of provisions of the law.

The panel observed that the evidence adduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and APC pointed to the facts that all legal steps were taken in the conduct of the primary election.

A member of the APC, Hon Isikima Ogbomade Johnson, had brought the suit challenging the primary that produced Sylva.

But Sylva argued that he got the highest votes of 52,062 to come first, while the appellant came fourth with 584 votes behind Joshua Maciver (2078 votes); David Perewomini Lyon (1584 votes); Ongoebi Etebu (1277 votes); and Daumiebi Festus Sunday came last with 557 votes.

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