- A PDP governorship candidate, Timi Alaibe, asks a Federal High Court to declare him as the validly nominated governorship candidate of the party in Bayelsa state
- Loyalists of the new governor, Douye Diri, are pleading Alaibe to withdraw his case but the latter has refused
- The Alaibe camp is now banking on the judiciary to restore the mandate of its candidate
The newly elected Bayelsa state governor, Douye Diri, is already battling to keep his mandate after a PDP governorship candidate Timi Alaibe, filed a legal action asking a Federal High Court to declare him as the validly nominated governorship candidate of the party in the state.
The Nation reports that Diri’s loyalists have been begging Alaibe, a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to withdraw his case but the latter has refused to listen.
The newspaper reports that the nullification of the victory of the APC candidate, David Lyon, has boosted the confidence of Alaibe’s loyalists who stated that the new governor at best maybe a caretaker.
Alaibe’s camp is now banking on the Judiciary to restore the mandate of its candidate.
In another news, the Supreme Court has reportedly fixed Tuesday, February 18, to hear a fresh application by Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, challenging a judgment delivered by the apex court which removed him as governor of Imo state.
Daily Trust cited a circulated on Saturday, February 15, from the Supreme Court announcing the date for the hearing.
The newspaper stated that Ihedioha’s application dated February 5, 2020, filed through his counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), is praying the apex court to set aside the judgment which declared Hope Uzodinma of the APC as Imo governor.
Reacting to the reported hearing, the lawyer representing Governor Hope Uzodinma, Festus Jombo, said although he heard about the new date, his office had not been served the hearing notice.
Meanwhile, the PDP has asked Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), to arrest the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, for allegedly inciting violence over the Supreme Court judgment which nullified the election of David Lyon in favour of Douye Diri.
The PDP made the demand following statements credited to Oshiomhole where he said nobody should be sworn in as governor and later faulted INEC for issuing a certificate of return to Diri.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesperson for the PDP, blamed the utterances of Oshiomhole for the violent protests that erupted over the recent political development in the state.
The PDP spokesperson accused Oshiomhole of inciting a call that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa state, contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court.
The party urged the inspector general of police, Mohammed, to immediately bring in the APC national chairman for questioning and prosecution for incitement
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