Supreme Court upholds Governor Dickson’ s election

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Seriake
Dickson as governor of Bayelsa State.

The seven-member panel of judges threw out an
appeal by Timipre Sylva, candidate of the ruling All
Progressives Congress, APC, challenging the
election of Dickson.
The election tribunal and the Court of Appeal had
earlier upheld Dickson’s election.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had accused
some bigwigs of the All Progressives Congress,
APC, of pressurizing Justices of the Supreme Court
in a bid to favour the party in the Bayelsa State
Governorship election matter.

However, in a unanimous decision, a seven-man
panel of Justices of the apex court led by Justice
Mohammed Tanko, dismissed the appeal by the All
Progressives Congress, APC, and its governorship
candidate in the state, Timipre Sylva.
Justice Tanko who read the lead verdict held that
the petition lacked merit.
“This appeal lacks merit and it should be
dismissed. I hereby dismiss the appeal and affirm
the judgment of the court below. I shall give my
reasons on Friday, November 18. Parties are to
bear their cost”, Justice Tanko held.

Nevertheless, the court, in two other judgments by
Justices Kudirat Ekekere-Ekun and Olukayode
Ariwola, dismissed cross-appeal filed by Dickson
and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against
Sylva and the APC, though they also reserved their
reasons till Friday.

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