The immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has again approached the supreme court to set aside its ruling on suit numbered SC/35/2020 which was delivered on 11th of February, 2020 over the pre-election dispute over the authentic bearer of the APC flag bearer in Bayelsa.
It was gathered yesterday that the fresh application filed by Senator Lokpobiri is datedlll 18th of May, 2020 and asking the Supreme to set aside its initial ruling and take a fresh look at his prayers.
The Supreme Court had on February 11 dismissed Lokpobiri‘s appeal filed at the apex court praying it to upturn the Court of Appeal judgment which affirmed Lyon as the governorship candidate of the APC.
A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Mary Peter Odili had unanimously dismissed the appeal filed Lokpobiri.
Justice Inyang Okoro who delivered the lead ruling affirmed the January 11 2020 judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal which held that Lokpobiri’s suit challenging Lyon’s victory in the September 4 primary election was filed out of time.
Lokpobiri had through his counsel approached the apex court with an application calling for a review of the February 11 judgment.
A notice sent out by one Ukor Michael Akan on behalf of the Hon Chief Registrar to all the parties indicated that the application for review would be held on Tuesday March 24.
“Please kindly note that your case SC/CV/35/2020, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri VS All Progressives Congress is slated for Tuesday 24/03/2020/.
But the closure of courts by the Chief Justice of the Federation over the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic stalled the hearing on the application.
It was gathered also hat the move by Senator Lokpobiri is however being allegedly frustrated by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.
It was gathered that a counter application has been filed through Chief Timipre Sylva directive to frustrate Senator Lokpobiri. The counter application was filed on the 1st of June, 2020.
The action was reportedly against the decision of the National Executive of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
However, a support group for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State known as APC Supporters for peace and Development (ASPD) has accused the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva of frustrating all effort by national leaders of the party to reposition the party to re-claim its mandate and be properly positioned in the State.
According to the ASPD, Chief Timipre Sylva has again allegedly approached the Supreme Court to counter the application filed by the Immediate Past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri for a review of the suit seeking to be declared the rightful flag bearer of the Party in the State.
The group, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Kemelayefa Odogu , claimed that the decision of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri to again approach the supreme court to set aside its ruling on suit number SC/35/2020 which was delivered on 11th of February, 2020, was backed by the national leaders of the party to allow aggrieved members vent their anger to a logical conclusion and assist the party on the part of due process.
“But we were not surprised, when Sylva waved aside national party leaders decision upon hearing that Senator Lokpobiri had filed an application before the Supreme Court on the 18th of May, 2020 and directed that a counter application be filed on the 1st of June,2020 to frustrate all effort to save the party and its mandate lost to the “poorly arranged” emergence of party flag bearers.”
“We have said it times without number that Sylva have always traded the APC mandate with the PDP in exchange for his emergence in 2023 as flag bearer of the party. By prevailing on his stooges to frustrate the genuine effort of Lokpobiri at the Supreme Court, Sylva has shown that he and not the opposition party, is the real enemy of the APC in Bayelsa. Members of the party in the state should understand that it is Sylva and his undemocratic attitude and wicked hold on the party that has ridicule genuine efforts in Bayelsa.”
“It must also be known that by his actions,he has proven that his ambition is to ensure a strong hold on the party so as to promote his inordinate ambition in 2023. As a serving Minister, Sylva has left the party without direction, members are suffering and in a state of confusion. Sylva has shunned Bayelsa APC gatherings and have refused to send any palliatives to anyone including party members during the Covid-19 pandemic. The APC has lost its structures and are directionless except for the empty and feable defence from some despondent loyalists.”
“We are putting up a strong worded petition to President Muhammad Buhari on the urgent need for Chief Timipre Sylva to be sacked as Minister over what he is doing to Bayelsa APC. Sylva is a minus to Bayelsa in the Federal Cabinet. We have on good authority that Sylva has nominated over twenty persons into federal Boards and Parastatals but how many of the persons are from Bayelsa? He is promoting anger against the administration of President Buhari in Bayelsa. Most Bayelsa Indigenes are tempted to claim that Buhari hates them and allow Sylva to do them what he likes. Until Sylva is sacked, APC will not go anywhere.”
“We are using this medium to assure Bayelsa people to remain calm and trust in the APC administration at the Federal level and to also pray for the successes of any effort that will restore the party mandate”.