A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to disqualify the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timipre Sylva, from contesting the Bayelsa governorship election scheduled for November 11.
In a judgment on Tuesday, the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, held that the suit lacked merit.
In the suit filed on April 27, Ogbomade Johnson, a governorship aspirant in Bayelsa, sued the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Sylva, as first to third respondents, respectively.
Johnson asked the court for an order of mandatory injunction compelling INEC to remove the APC and Sylva from the list of political parties and candidates that will participate in the November election.
The aspirant also prayed for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Sylva from parading himself as the party’s governorship candidate in Bayelsa.
She claimed that the APC failed to conduct a valid primary election contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act and guidelines of the party despite demanding and receiving N10 million from each aspirant.
However, in his judgment, Ekwo held that the APC conducted a valid primary election which was monitored by INEC.
The judge dismissed the police reports tendered by the plaintiff which claimed that no primary election was conducted by the party.
Justice Ekwo held that the purported police reports were worthless and products of illegality, noting that the police were not mandated by any provisions of law to do what they did in favour of the plaintiff.
The judge faulted the police reports for not being on letterhead papers to give them a semblance of originality.
Also, the judge dismissed the suit for being filed outside the 14-day timeline stipulated by the law.