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Friday, 23 September 2016

Bayelsa Governorship Election: Court of Appeal upholds Dickson as the winner

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has upheld the election of Seriake Dickson as the validly elected Governor of Bayelsa state.
The court's five-man panel resolved all the five issues raised by the APC candidate in the election, Timipre Sylva.

Justice Olukayode Bada led other four justices to decide all the five issues raised in the appeal against Sylva.
Quoting him while he deliver the judgment, he said:

“I have carefully studied the issues raised by the appellant and found them to be frivolous and lacking in substance.

“The appellant had tried very hard to approbate and reprobate. This is not allowed in any of our statues.

“By his sheer participation in the Jan.9 rescheduled election for Southern Ijaw Local Government Area meant that he lost his right to raise any issue on the election of Dec.6, 2015 which was postponed,’’ he held.

Available evidence shows that no results were collated from the exercise as the poll was proven to have been marred by irregularities and mal-practices.

“The appellant was also wrong when he said he was coasting to victory if all the 120,000 eligible voters in Southern Ijaw were allowed to vote.

“This for us, was a mere wish as the appellant could have been sure of attracting majority of those votes,’’

“It is indisputable that the appellant and political party contested the rescheduled election on Jan.9. It was this participation that removed the rug from their feet. It had made them bare footed.

“In other words, since the appellant voluntarily participated in the rescheduled election, he cannot now turn around to condemn the exercise in law.

“He cannot be allowed to blow cool and hot at the same time,’’ he said.

Bada said the appellant also failed to convince the court that the first respondent (Dickson) did not score the majority of lawful votes.

“With the resolution of all these five issues against the appellant and made in favour of Dickson, the appeal is hereby dismissed and parties are to bare their costs,’’ he held.

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