May 27, 2024

Bayelsa Guber: Sylva heads to Appeal Court


Timipre Sylva

By Emem Idio, Yenagoa

The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress ,APC, in Bayelsa State and former Minister of State, Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, has expressed dissatisfaction with the Monday’s Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal judgment.

Sylva in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Julius Bokoru, immediately held a meeting with elders and stakeholders of the party after the judgement and directed his legal team to immediately seek justice at the Court of Appeal.

It would be recalled that prior to the judgement, Sylva had accused the tribunal of bias following several infractions observed by his lawyers during the hearing of the case and subsequently filed an interlocutory appeal demanding the dissolution of the panel and reconstitution of a new one.

Sylva said: “We are not satisfied with the decision of the tribunal. But this is just a court of first instance and after meeting with the elders and critical stakeholders of our great party, the APC, we directed our legal team to seek justice for Bayelsa at the Supreme Court.

“No quantum of miscarriage of justice will make us lose confidence in the Nigerian judicial system. It’s all we have. Some of the finest Nigerians I know, are in our judiciary. What surprised me in today’s judgement is: an ‘Election Petitions Tribunal’ making conclusive findings on criminal allegations without calling witnesses or experts. Well, considering the antecedents of this Tribunal we are not surprised. Thankfully we can still seek redress in the Appellate Courts.”

The APC governorship candidate assured the people of Bayelsa State that the court of appeal would surely correct the travesty perpetrated by the tribunal.

He declared that the liberation of Bayelsa was close and that justice was inevitable for the traumatized people of the state appealing to them to remain positive, law-abiding and steadfast.