The appeal Court sitting in Abuja has granted Stay of Execution on the Court order nullifying the primary election conducted by the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State to select a candidate for the November 16 governorship election.
Justice Jane Iyang of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa had on Thursday declared that the APC failed to follow constitutional guidelines in its primaries hence the party has no candidate for the November 16th election in the state.
The case was instituted by Heineken Lopkobiri, an APC governorship aspirant, who asked the court to declare him the authentic candidate of the APC, but instead, the court declared the primaries conducted by the party invalid.
Challenging the court’s decision, the APC approached the Appeal Court asking it to set aside the judgment of the High court.
Subsequently, the court set aside the decision of the Abuja court.
Announcing the court’s decision, leader of the APC in Bayelsa State, and Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, at a pressure conference in Yenagoa, the state capital, asked party supporters to stand firm.
This development is coming a day to the governorship election in Bayelsa state.