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Syla suffers new court setback

14 January 2014, 07:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt has dismissed the suit filed by former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, challenging the incumbent Seriake Dickson over his victory at the 2012 governorship election.

The, Rivers State-based court cited lack of jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.

In the ruling of the previous case, the Presiding Judge, Justice Lambo Akanbi, had observed that too many courts had entertained the suit in question.

Applauding the Judiciary for its forthrightness in upholding justice, Dickson on congratulated the Judiciary for “not allowing itself to be used as a tool to subvert justice.”

“The Judiciary has remained the last bastion of the common man,” he said.

Without success, Sylva has previously challenged the candidacy of Dickson as the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2012 governorship election.

The recent loss comes the heels of Sylva's defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC) along with a number of loyalists who are already engaged in leadership tussle of the party in the state.

– CAJ News


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