- The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by Timi Alaibe challenging the candidacy of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state
- Alaibe's suit was dismissed by a five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour
- The court ruled that the suit was based on an internal affair of the party which it lacked jurisdiction to hear
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by Timi Alaibe challenging the candidacy of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state.
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TVC News reported that a five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour dismissed Alaibe's appeal on Tuesday, July 14.
Alaibe, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state, had previously lost the suit at the lower courts.
He is challenging the participation of two delegates who voted in the primary that produced Diri as the party’s candidate.
But the Supreme Court in its verdict ruled that the case could not be categorised as a pre-election case that a court could entertain but about an internal affair of the party which the apex court lacked jurisdiction to hear.
In another report, the Supreme Court, Nigeria's apex court, has held that holding virtual court sittings in the country, is constitutional at the moment.
Lagos and Ekiti state governments had approached the apex court to determine whether virtual court sittings are constitutional or not.
The Nation reported that a seven-man panel of the court, however, held that the suits filed by the two states were premature.
Legit.ng gathers that the court said judges across the country should continue to conduct virtual proceedings, where it is comfortable for them, until the National Assembly concludes its ongoing-effort to amend the constitution to accommodate virtual hearing.
The court said challenging the constitutionality or otherwise of virtual court proceedings when the National Assembly is still in the process of amending the constitution or enact a law to that effect is premature.
Addressing the apex court, the attorney general of Lagos state, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), argued that the case by his state was to prevent a situation where, after virtual sittings are conducted, they would be declared unconstitutional.
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