Court strikes out Lokpobiri’s case, affirms Lyon as APC candidate

Court strikes out Lokpobiri’s case, affirms Lyon as APC candidate

- The Court of Appeal has affirmed David Lyon as the authentic APC governorship candidate, striking out Heineken Lokpobiri's case

- The court, in its judgement, said Lokpbiri’s petition was filed out of time

- Lokpobiri is challenging the emergence of Lyon as the governorship candidate of the APC in Bayelsa

The case of a former minister of state for agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, challenging the candidacy of David Lyon, the Bayelsa state governor-elect has been struck out by the court.

The Nation reports that the case was struck out by the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Lyon has now been affirmed as ”the authentic candidate of the APC”.

Justice Isaiah Olefemi who read the judgement said Lokpobiri field out of time as he failed to comply with the statutory 14 days period.

The matter was filed on September 18, outside the 14 days statutory period. The petition was not filed within time,’’ he said.

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Both men belong to the same party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). However, Lokpobiri who was aggrieved over the process that brought Lyon as the party’s governorship candidate had gone to court to challenge the primaries.

Lokpobiri is insisting that he and not Lyon won the governorship primary election in the state. He wants the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to treat him as the lawful candidate of the APC and to accord him the rights, privileges and perquisites of a candidate of the party in the gubernatorial election.

Court strikes out Lokpobiri’s case against Lyon
Buhari meeting with Lyon at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo Credit: Twitter @bashirahmad
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Lyon had scored 42,138 votes to win his closet rival, Diseye Nsirim, who scored 1,533 votes. Others were Heineken Lokpobiri, who scored 571 votes, while Preye Aganaba, scored 354 votes and Amgbare scored 633 votes, while Maureen Etebu scored 564 votes.

Recall that two days to last year November 16 governor election, the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Jane Inyang declared that the APC had no candidate for the poll.

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Lokpobiri and his lawyers filed their appeal after the judgement.

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