The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared its intention to press forward with the scheduled October 14 campaign launch for the upcoming Bayelsa governorship election on November 11, despite the disqualification of its candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva.
This development follows a recent court ruling delivered by Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, in which Sylva was disqualified from participating in the upcoming gubernatorial polls. Justice Okorowo’s verdict was grounded in the belief that allowing Sylva to contest again would breach the 1999 Constitution as amended, given that he had previously served as the governor of Bayelsa, having been sworn in twice and ruled for a cumulative period of five years.
However, in a resolute stance, the APC has released a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, affirming that Chief Timipre Sylva remains the party’s candidate for the Bayelsa governorship election.
This declaration underscores the determination of the APC to continue its campaign activities for the forthcoming election. The party remains undeterred by the disqualification of its candidate and is pushing forward with the planned campaign launch. This decision reflects the party’s resolve to address the electoral process despite the legal challenges surrounding Sylva’s candidacy.
The situation in Bayelsa has drawn considerable attention and underscores the complex intersection of legal and political processes in the country. The APC’s commitment to maintain its campaign momentum in the face of a disqualified candidate further adds a layer of intrigue to the political landscape in the state as the election draws nearer.