APC’ll appeal judgment on Sylva, says Ganduje

APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje
APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje


The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will appeal the Court judgment against its Bayelsa Governorship candidate, Mr Timipreye Sylva.

APC National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja.

He described the judgment as unfortunate, noting however that it was actually democracy in action.

‘’Well, it’s unfortunate that judgment, but we can say that it is democracy in action.

“But, we learned that the person who took the issue to the court is not even qualified, because he did not contest with Sylva.

‘’Therefore, he’s not even qualified for him to take the issue to the court. However, we are appealing. We’re waiting for the judgment and then we appeal for calm on that issue,’’ Ganduje said.


Mr Timipre Sylva,   immediate past minister of state for petroleum.
Chief Timipre Sylva, former Minister of State for Petroleum

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Federal High Court in Abuja disqualified former Bayelsa Governor, Mr Timipre Sylva, from contesting the election coming up in November.

The Judge, Justice Donaltus Okorowo, ruled on Monday that Sylva would violate the 1999 constitution by running after having taken the Oath of Office twice and ruled for five years as governor of Bayelsa.

Sylva was governor of Bayelsa between 2007 and 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ganduje, however, said that the judgment would not deter the party from its arrangement for the election coming up next month.

He said, ‘’Last two weeks, I was in Bayelsa for two good days and I think they were ready and they’re still ready to win the election.

‘’Therefore, this is a little distraction anyway, but we will overcome it.


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