Government & Politics

Appeal Court Affirms Governor Dickson’s Victory


The Appeal Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva, challenging the victory of Governor Seriake Dickson in the Bayelsa State governorship election.

The court in a unanimous decision of a five man panel presided over by Justice Olukayode Bada resolved all the five issues raised by Mr Sylva and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in favour of Governor Dickson and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Justice Bada, who delivered the lead judgement, held that Sylva and his party failed to prove the allegations of corruption, substantial noncompliance, gross violation of the electoral act and other malpractices in the conduct of the election.

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He said that the foundation of the ground upon which the appellants based his case that the December 6, 2015 election was unilaterally cancelled by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner was eroded having participated fully in the rescheduled election of January 9, 2016

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