ABUJA- The suit filed by former Governor of Bayelsa state Timipre Sylv against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been thrown out by the Supreme Court.Supreme Court panel dismissed the case pending before Justice Gabriel Kolawole at the Federal High Court, Abuja and ruled that the fielding of candidates for elections is “an intra-party affair in which courts cannot interfere.”
The former governor Timipre Sylva described the dismissal of his appeal by the Supreme Court as no justice, saying that the ruling portrays a dark moment for the nation’s democracy and justice in Nigeria.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Court of Appeal lacks jurisdiction to delve into pre-election issues, Sylva who invoked curses on some political players and stakeholders in Bayelsa state, said ‘’everyone involved in the Bayelsa State governorship matter shall still face the judgment of history and the judgment of God. Neither history nor God will not condone impunity.’’
In a statement signed Friday by his Media Aide, Doifie Ola, Sylva stressed that he remains confident and optimistic that his political future remains very bright, even as he accepts the judgement of the apex court as a democrat.
Sylva however commended members of the National Assembly from the state, other governors, the media, other members of the society for standing on the part of democracy.
The statement read, ‘’as a democrat, Chief Timipre Sylva accepts today’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He however considers the decision of the apex court as dark for democracy and justice in Nigeria.
‘’Sylva believes today’s ruling is only the judgement of man and, certainly, not justice. He says after this, everyone involved in the Bayelsa State governorship matter shall still face the judgement of history and the judgement of God. Neither history nor God will not condone impunity.
‘’Sylva thanks his teeming followers in Bayelsa State and lovers of democracy across Nigeria and beyond, especially, in Bayelsa State, who held out despite intimidation, threats, and pressure to abandon the part of democracy and justice.
‘’He extends his special gratitude to members of the Bayelsa State caucus of the National Assembly, who stood firm on democracy, as well as members of the Nigerian Governors Forum, seniors citizens from across the country, and all his supporters.
He commends the media and the human rights community for speaking out on the side of truth and justice.
‘’Sylva remains confident that he still has a long and bright political career ahead of him.’’
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