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Bayelsa poll: Appeal court reserves judgment on Slyva’s appeal

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, reserved judgment on the appeal seeking to set aside the lower court judgment disqualifying the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Bayelsa, Timiprye Sylva, from the November 11 poll.

A member of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Demesuoyefa Kolomo, had in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/821/2023 asked the court to determine whether Sylva was qualified to contest in the election, having occupied the office of governor of Bayelsa from May 29, 2007, to April 15, 2008, and May 27, 2008, to Jan. 27, 2012.

However, in a judgement delivered by Justice Donatus Okorowo held that allowing Sylva to contest again would breach the provision of the 1999 constitution having been sworn in twice and ruled for five years as a governor of the state.

The judge also said Sylva would spend more than eight years in office if allowed to participate in the election and eventually win.

Displeased with the judgment,  Sylva, appealed,  praying the court to quash the decision of the lower court.

Also, another appeal was filed by the APC against Kolomo.  The party in appeal prayed the court to set aside the judgment of the lower court in the interest of justice.

The APC alleged that Kolomo was fighting a proxy war for the Peoples Democratic Party against its candidate.

Justice Haruna Tsammani, after listening to the submissions of the parties involved in the matter reserved judgment.

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