BREAKING: Bayelsa Governorship: Supreme Court dismisses Lokpobiri’s appeal

Gbeleyi Abayomi

The hopes of former Minister for Agriculture, Heineken lokpobiri of becoming the governor of bayelsa state has been dashed as The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, dismissed his appeal challenging the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship primary in Bayelsa State.

Heineken Lokpobiri had filed the appeal before the apex court asking the court to nullify the APC primaries that gave victory to Mr Lyon

Mr Lokpbiri had approached the apex court, asking it to declare him the winner of the APC governorship primaries held in the state.

The former minister had claimed that the party wrongly gave the ticket to Mr Lyon who eventually contested and won the governorship election.

Emmanuel Ukala, who is the lawyer to Mr Lokpobiri, argued that the appeal by his client was yet to be determined before APC submitted the name of Mr Lyon to the Independent Electoral Commission(INEC).

But a five-member panel led by Mary Odili, on Tuesday, held that the appellant filed his case outside the 14 days allowed by law.

Reading the lead judgement of the apex court, Justice Iyang Okoro said, “The sole issue is resolved against the appellant, accordingly the appeal lacks merit and hereby dismissed.

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