Tri­bunal to de­liver judg­ment on Bayelsa gov’ship tus­sle to­day

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

The Bayelsa State Gov­er­nor­ship Elec­tion Petitions Tri­bunal in Abuja will to­day de­liver judg­ment in the pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the elec­tion of Gov­er­nor Se­ri­ake Dick­son.

The chair­man of the tri­bunal, Jus­tice Kazeem Alogba, fixed the date af­ter the con­clu­sion of hear­ing on the ma­te­ri­als pro­vided by the APC can­di­date, Timipre Sylva.

Sylva’s coun­sel, Se­bas­tine Hon (SAN), had al­leged wide­spread mal­prac­tices against the PDP in South­ern Ijaw Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, dur­ing the De­cem­ber 5 and 6, 2015 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion, and the re-run held on Jan­uary 9, 2016.

He claimed that the Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner erred by fail­ing to com­plete the elec­tion process, which was de­clared in­con­clu­sive, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a re­run.

But Dick­son’s coun­sel, Taye Oyetibo (SAN) and Emeka Etiaba (SAN), op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion on the grounds that there was no elec­tion in the area due to wide spread vi­o­lence.

Gov. Se­ri­ake Dick­son

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