A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, capital of Imo State, has dismissed a case brought before it by a former governorship aspirant in the 2019 elections in Bayelsa State, Chief Timi Alaibe, for lack of merit.
Alaibe had dragged Mr Douye Diri , who is now the Executive Governor of the state, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over what he described as a ‘flawed process’ of the PDP primary election.The case was filed shortly after Diri was declared winner of the PDP primary.
In a judgement delivered on Tuesday, Justice T.G. Ringim struck out most of the reliefs sought by Alaibe for failing to prove that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wrongly nominated Douye Diri as the validly elected candidate of the party.
Justice Ringim also noted that the plaintiff’s application was not status barred because he met the time frame from the primary to the period he challenged the matter, saying: “Every primary election matter should be filed not later than 14 days period after the primary.”