In anticipation of the November 11 elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to put off their campaign for the governorship of Bayelsa State.
The decision followed a ruling by a Federal High Court in Abuja, disqualifying Timipre Sylva, the APC’s candidate for Bayelsa State governorship. The court stated that considering Sylva has already served as the governor of the state twice, allowing him to contest and win would amount to a violation of the constitution.
Nevertheless, the APC stated its intent to challenge this decision, minimizing it as a small obstacle and vowing to keep the campaign running despite the candidate’s declined candidacy.
The party’s National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, responding to the court ruling, made clear that irrespective of any court findings, their campaign activities would persist unimpeded.
However, in an announcement made on a Friday evening, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, declared the delay of the Bayelsa State governorship campaign, confirming that an update on the new campaign date is set to be communicated in the near future.
Part of the announcement stated that: “The Bayelsa State Governorship campaign, which was scheduled for Saturday, October 14th, 2023 in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, is being postponed by the APC. The new date will be communicated soonest.”
The announcement didn’t include the rationale behind the rescheduling of the event.
Additionally, it should be remembered that previously, the party had also suspended its campaign activities for the gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Imo states, before the same November 11 elections in those states.