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A’Court upholds Dicksons victory in Bayelsa guber election

The Appeal Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal filed by the 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 in favour of Governor Dickson and the 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.

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

He added that it was established beyond doubt that the decision to shift December 6, 2015 election to January 9,2016 was taken by the Independent National Electoral Commission and parties who participated in the polls.

Justice bada also added the contention of the appellant has no merit stressing that they were expected to leave evidence to prove their claim that the election was marred by irregularities, electoral malpractices, and allocation of votes and gross violation of electoral act.

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