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Tribunal upholds Dickson’s election as Bayelsa governor

27 July 2016, 12:07

Abuja - The Governorship Election Tribunal for Bayelsa sitting in Abuja on Tuesday upheld the election of Governor Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Bayelsa State, reports Thisday.

 Timipre Sylva and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on January 30 challenged his return as governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s at the tribunal.

Also read: APC rejects Bayelsa poll result

INEC had declared Dickson as winner of the December 5, 2015 and January 9, 2016 rerun governorship election.

Sylva had said INEC and the PDP colluded to rig the election in favour of the incumbent governor, reports News 24

But in his judgment, the tribunal Chairman, Justice Kazeem Alogba, held that there were no evidence to prove wide spread illegality during the election.

Alogba, who led two other Justices, further held that Sylva and his party failed to prove their case with credible evidence.

He also held that the allegations of various criminal and electoral offences which the petitioners stated affected the outcome of the election were not proved beyond reasonable doubt.

- News 24


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