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Bayelsa Primaries: Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Lyon

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal challenging the victory of Bayelsa State Governor, David Lyon in the State primary election which held on September 4, 2019.

The appeal was filed by Heineken Lokpobiri who claimed that he is the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bayelsa governorship primary.

Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal had on January 11, 2020 ruled that Lokpobiri’s suit was filed out of time at the Federal High Court, Yenogoa.

Bayelsa Primaries: Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Lyon

The Federal High Court in Yenegoa had in its judgment delivered on November 14, 2019, upheld Lokpobiri’s case and nullified Lyon’s nomination as the APC’s candidate for the November 17, 2019 governorship election in the state, which the Appeal Court upturned.

Lokpobiri, a former Minister of State for Agriculture, approached the apex court, praying that it declare him as the authentic candidate of the APC.

He argued that the governorship primary was not done in compliance with the guidelines and the constitution of the party.

Delivering the judgement on Tuesday, a five-man panel of the apex court held that the appeal lacks merit.

The Supreme court, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, held that the lower court was right in its decision.

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