Ex-governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, has approached the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, seeking reinstatement as governor on the state based on his mandate as the people’s choice in the last gubernatorial elections.
Sylva is asking the court for an order directing INEC to declare him as governor of the state, by virtue of his election as the valid governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election.
Filed by his counsel, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), the embattled former governor is in a fresh originating summons, praying for an order of the court directing INEC to declare him the winner of the last governorship election or in the alternative, conduct a fresh election, fielding him as the PDP’s candidate.
Sylva had already been granted leave by presiding judge, Justice C. E. Archibong, allowing him to serve the court’s processes on INEC out of jurisdiction in Abuja.
The summons ask the court to determine among others, “whether having regard to the provisions of Section 178(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Supreme Court judgment in the consolidated appeals of Marwa Vs Nyako (2012) 5 NWLR, delivered on January 27, 2012, wherein the court held that the tenure of the plaintiff as the governor of Bayelsa State had long expired since May 29, 2011, the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State became due since April 29, 2011.”