The Supreme court has dismissed the appeal filed by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri challenging the declaration of David Lyon as the flag bearer of the APC in Bayelsa State.
In a unanimous judgment read by Justice Inyang Okoro, the five member panel held that Section 285 Subsection 9 of the 1999 Constitution as amended does not admit any elongation of time, when it comes to pre-election matters and therefore affirmed the nomination of Mr. David Lyon as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The court said any party seeking redress must file within the 14 days period.
Lokpobiri had asked the Supreme court to declare him the candidate of the party as well as the governor-elect.
He told the court that the governorship primary conducted by the APC in Bayelsa State was not done in compliance with the guidelines and the constitution of the party, and therefore, concluded that the party had no candidate.
However, the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt had upturned the decision of a High Court last month, declaring that the APC had a candidate in the governorship election.