The plot by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri to be declared as the authentic winner of the Governorship Primary Election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State has suffered a final setback.This follows the verdict of the Supreme Court, on Tuesday which dismissed his appeal and affirmed the Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon, as the valid candidate of the APC in the last governorship election in the state.
A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili unanimously dismissed the appeal filed by Heineken Lokpobiri.
Delivering the lead judgement of the apex court, Justice Inyang Okoro affirmed the January 11, 2020 judgement of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, which had held that Lokpobiri’s suit challenging Lyon’s victory in the primary election was filed out of time at the Federal High Court, Yenogoa.
Bittertruth Media recalls that the Federal High Court in Yenegoa had in its judgment delivered on November 14, 2019 had upheld Lokpobiri’s case and nullified Lyon’s nomination as the APC’s candidate for the November 17, 2019 governorship election in the state. However, the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, on January 11, 2019, upturned the Federal High Court judgement and affirmed Lyon’s nomination.
The Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the Court of the Appeal.
Meanwhile, Chief David Lyon is expected to be sworn in as the new governor of Bayelsa State this Friday.