Court Disqualifies Timipre Sylva of APC for Violating The Constitution. Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, delivered a groundbreaking judgment on Monday. He declared Chief Timipre Sylva, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the upcoming November 11 governorship election, ineligible to contest. The ruling, handed down with utmost clarity, cited constitutional violations that could have far-reaching consequences.
Justice Okorowo, speaking in decisive terms, pointed out that Chief Sylva’s previous two terms as Bayelsa’s governor and the prospect of him serving a third term would breach Section 180 of the 1999 constitution as amended. The judge emphasized that allowing Sylva to participate in the election would lead to a direct contradiction of the constitutional mandate, which restricts governors from holding office for more than two terms.
Drawing on a precedent set in the case of Marwa vs Nyako at the Supreme Court, Justice Okorowo underscored that the framers of the constitution explicitly stated the limit of two terms for governors. He stressed that the court’s decision was not just about Sylva but had far-reaching implications for the democratic process. If Sylva were allowed to contest, it would set a dangerous precedent, potentially enabling individuals to contest as many times as they wished, thereby undermining the spirit of the Constitution.
This landmark judgment reinforces the core principles of the Constitution, ensuring the integrity of the democratic system. As the ruling reverberates across political circles, questions arise about the future of Bayelsa’s political landscape in the run-up to the elections. The ruling has ignited discussions about the importance of upholding constitutional limits and the need for political parties to adhere to these fundamental principles.
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Court Disqualifies Timipre Sylva of APC for Violating The Constitution