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APC Heads To Appeal Court,Over Judgement Stopping Sylva.— Confident Of Victory On Nov 11. By Chris Mark

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The All Progressive Congress,APC,in Bayelsa state said the party has directed its lawyers to file an appeal over the court judgement stoping the party’s governorship candidate Chief Timipre Sylva from contesting as governor.

This was contained in a statement sent to Newsmen by Perry Tukuwei, Director Media and Publicity,All Progressives Congress,Bayelsa Gubernatorial Campaign Council on behalf of the council.

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The statement reads “Sections 29 and 84 of the 2022 Electoral Act states that only persons who contested primaries of a political party that has the locus standing to file a pre- election matter to challenge the qualification of the party’s candidate in any election hence the suit filed by one Chief Demesuoyefa Kolomo who is not a member of the All Progressives Congress and didn’t contest our party’s governorship primaries do not have the locus standing to sue in the matter.

“Section 285 of the 1999 Nigerian constitution enjoins any aggrieved party to file a or election matter within 14 days of the occurrence of the event but this case was filed on the 13th of June 2023 whereas INEC published the names of the governorship candidates for Bayelsa, IMO and Kogi on the 12th of May 2023. Thus, the case was filed outside the constitutional prescribed 14 days thereby making the case statute barred. It is surprising to the party and Bayelsans that the court ignored the fact that the plaintiff lacked the locus standing to sue and went ahead to give judgement in their favour.

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“Additionally, there is a practice directive by the Supreme Court that all pre-election matters be heard in the state where the primaries took place. To perfect their sinister act, the case was filed in Abuja. Is Abuja, Bayelsa?

“Subsequently, the Bayelsa All Progressives Congress can smell the coffee and sinister move by Governor Douye Diri to go through the back door which is his usual practice having realized that our governorship candidate Chief Timipre Sylva is coasting home to victory already following unrivaled acceptance in the eight local government areas of the state.

“The Party has briefed its lawyers to appeal the judgement and it is confident that the Court of Appeal will overturn the judgement of the Federal High Court.

“Our dear bayelsans, fear not! This clandestine strategy by the PDP should not deter the resolve to elect Chief Timipre Sylva as the next Governor of Bayelsa State.”

The APC campaign council also said it is confident of landslide victory at the November 11,2023 governorship elections and subsequent swearing in of it’s governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva on February 14,2024.

According to the campaign council,the judgement which has the People’s Democratic party, PDP, and it’s candidate written all over it by a Federal High Court in Abuja it’s an already failed bid to dash the hopes of Bayelsians to have their preferred candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva as the next helmsman at Creek Haven by February 14,2024.

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