Tribunal upholds Gov. Dickson’s election
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)