Sylva Renews Plans To Reclaim Governorship Seat

Sylva Renews Plans To Reclaim Governorship Seat

Sylva Renews Plans To Reclaim Governorship Seat

The former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Wednesday began fresh moves in the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa to reclaim the governorship seat of the state.

The estranged governor dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission before court claiming that he was the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2012 February election which Mr. Seriake Dickson won.

There was traffic jam on the road leading to the court as hundreds of supporters of Sylva and Dickson thronged the area in solidarity.

Sylva in the case which came up for hearing insisted that his party, PDP, had no basis to hold a fresh primary election of November 2012 after he had earlier won the January 2011 primaries.

The embattled former governor, who lost out in the power tussle that led to the February election, had in January 2011 emerged victorious in the primaries as an incumbent.

He, however, chose to seek tenure extension alongside four other governors before the Supreme Court invalidated the extended tenure granted by the lower courts.

Efforts by Sylva to contest the fresh primary election proved abortive as the PDP excluded him and later elected Dickson as its flag-bearer.

But Sylva, in the dramatic suit, asked INEC to reinstate him as the valid candidate of the PDP for the election, which returned Dickson as the governor.

He implored the court to direct INEC to strike out the name of the incumbent governor from the list of candidates that contested the election and replace it with his name.

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