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Apex Court Affirms Dickson’s Victory

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson


The Supreme Court has upheld Seriake Dickson as the validly elected Governor of Bayelsa State.

The court upheld the judgement of the appeal court, which had also held that Dickson’s victory in the governorship election held in Bayelsa State in January this year was valid.

Timipre Sylva, candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress, APC, had appealed Judgments delivered by the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, both of which affirmed  Dickson’s election.

The court is expected to give it’s reasons for the judgement on November 18, 2016.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party had alleged that the APC was trying to manipulate the Supreme Court ruling.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, wrote in a statement: “We are aware that these people and other senior members of APC are again, putting pressure on Justices of the Supreme Court to pervert the course of justice by overturning the decisions of the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal to nullify the Mandate freely given to Governor Seriake Dickson by the people of Bayelsa State.

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“We reiterate our belief that the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man and the bastion upon which our entire democracy rests. We believe that there are men and women of integrity, with proven track records in the dispensation of justice who ensure that justice is not only done but is also seen to be done.

“We urge the Justices of the Supreme Court to ignore this pressure and give judgment in line with the dictates of our Constitution, electoral laws and good conscience,” he stated.

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