Bayelsa Poll: INEC Includes Sylva on Final List of Candidates  - The Top Society

Bayelsa Poll: INEC Includes Sylva on Final List of Candidates 

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially added Timipre Sylva, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to the final list of candidates for the Bayelsa State governorship election scheduled for November 11, 2023. This action follows the reversal of Sylva’s disqualification by the Appeal Court on October 31, 2023.

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According to the recently updated list published on INEC’s website, Sylva’s name was prominently featured as the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, with Maciver Joshua listed as his running mate.

With the amended list, INEC said,

“It may be recalled that the final list of candidates for the 2023 Bayelsa State Governorship Election was amended on 16th October, 2023 pursuant to the Order of the Federal High Court in Suit No – FHC/ABJ/CS/821/2023 in respect of the nomination of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 Bayelsa State Governorship Election.

“The Court of Appeal in a judgement delivered on 31st October, 2023 in Appeal No – CA/ABJ/CV/1060/2023 set aside the judgement of the lower court cited above.

“By virtue of the provisions of Section 287 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Commission is bound to enforce the Orders of Court on nomination of candidates by political parties in the state.

“The list of candidates in respect of the 2023 Bayelsa State Governorship Election is hereby amended in the Amendment No 2 pursuant to the judgement of the Court of Appeal.”

Sylva, a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and former Bayelsa governor, is vying for the position alongside 15 other contenders, including the incumbent governor, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The legal battle surrounding Sylva’s candidacy began on October 10, when a Federal High Court in Abuja disqualified him from participating in the upcoming governorship election. Justice Okorowo’s ruling cited concerns that Sylva’s potential election victory would violate the constitutional limit of eight years in office, considering his prior terms as governor.

However, following Sylva’s swift appeal, the appellate court ruled in his favor last Tuesday, leading to INEC’s latest decision to include him in the final list of candidates. Notably, Sylva previously served as Bayelsa governor from May 2007 to April 2008 and subsequently from May 2008 to January 2012.

 

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