Federal High Court disqualifies Bayelsa APC Guber Candidate

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The Federal High Court Abuja, has disqualified Guber Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Timipre Sylva.

Justice Okorowo in his verdict that Sylva had been sworn in twice as Governor and ruled for five years.

In his ruling, the Justice said being sworn in for the elective office of Governor and ruling for more than 8 years will be tantamount to the constitution.

The judge also declared that Sylva was not qualified to run in the November poll because if he wins and is sworn in, he would spend more than eight years in office as governor of the state.

While citing the case of Marwa vs Nyako at the Supreme Court, Justice Okorowo notes that the drafters of the country’s constitution stated that nobody should be voted for as governor more than twice 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. So, if Sylva is allowed to contest the next election, it means a person can contest as many times as he wishes.

The suit was filed on June 13, 2023, by Mr Deme Kolomo, a member of the APC.

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