Tri­bunal up­holds Gov. Dick­son’s elec­tion

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The Gover­nor­ship Elec­tion Tri­bunal for Bayelsa sit­ting in Abuja yes­ter­day up­held the elec­tion of Gov. Se­ri­ake Dick­son of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

Mr Timipre Sylva and his party, the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) on Jan. 30 chal­lenged his re­turn as gover­nor by the In­de­pen­dent National Elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s at the tri­bunal.

INEC had de­clared Dick­son as win­ner of the Dec.5, 2015 and Jan. 9, 2016 re-run gover­nor­ship elec­tion.

In his judg­ment, the tri­bunal Chairman, Jus­tice Kazeem Alogba, held that there was no ev­i­dence to prove wide spread il­le­gal­ity dur­ing the elec­tion.

Alogba, who led two other jus­tices, fur­ther held that Sylva and his party failed to prove their case with cred­i­ble ev­i­dence. He also held that the al­le­ga­tions of var­i­ous crim­i­nal and elec­toral of­fences which the pe­ti­tion­ers stated af­fected the out­come of the elec­tion were not proved be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

“The pe­ti­tion was not backed by proof of re­quired stan­dard and there­fore lacks merit,’’ he said.

Aloga also held that INEC was right and had the power to have can­celled the sup­ple­men­tary elec­tion con­ducted on Dec 6, 2015 with proved ev­i­dence of mal­prac­tices.

He fur­ther held that con­trary to the pe­ti­tion­ers’ con­tention, the de­ci­sion to can­cel the Dec. 6, 2015 poll was not uni­lat­er­ally taken by the Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner. (NAN)

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