Bayelsa APC Saga: Appeal Court Has Granted Us Stay Of Execution – Sylva
By Iheme Kelechi 30 days ago
File Photo: (Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipreye Sylva)
The Court of Appeal, Abuja division has granted the APC Bayelsa stay of execution on the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court Yenogoa, nullifying the primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC ahead of the Saturday’s governorship election. This was made known by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, Thursday evening, ahead of the governorship polls on Saturday, 16th Nov. 2019.
Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, had on Thursday morning nullified the governorship primaries that produced Chief David Lyon as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Nov. 16 poll in the state, citing a case of disobedience to rules and regulations of the APC by the committee that conducted the primary election.
Justice Jane Inyang of the Federal High Court Yenegoa while delivering her judgement, held that the primaries were conducted arbitrarily outside the rules of the partyRelated: Certificate Scandal: Imo House Of Assembly Speaker Dr. Chiji Collins Raises Bounty To N3.6m
Justice Inyang held that since the process was conducted in violation of the party’s constitution and guidelines as clearly spelt out for the conduct of governorship primaries, none of the aspirants should be fielded as the party’s candidate.
Justice Inyang went further to restrain the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), from including David Lyon as the APC candidate in the governorship election slated for Saturday as well as any other aspirant of the party.
According to the learned Judge, the results announced by Sen Emmanuel Ochega is not valid as he is not the returning officer for the election but rather the secretary of the committee.
“And I make an order restraining INEC from recognising any of the aspirants that participated in the said primaries”, Inyang said.
The ruling and restraining order was a fatal blow to the APC, who looked determined to win the Bayelsa governorship poll by all possible means.
The Minister of State for petroleum, while trying to reassure party faithfuls that the party will participate in saturday's poll, had stated that the party secured "stay of execution" against the judgement of the federal high court restraining the them from fielding any candidate for the election.