Supreme Court upholds Lyon’s candidacy for Bayelsa gov’ship election

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The Supreme Court has upheld the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State to field Lyon David as the party’s candidate for the last governorship election in the state.

A five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Mary Odili, in a judgment Tuesday dismissed the appeal marked: SC/35/2020, by former Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri against the nomination of Lyon as the APC’s governorship candidate.

Lokpobiri, had queried the APC’s decision to submit Lyon’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its candidate.

Justice John Inyang Okoro, who read the Supreme Court’s lead judgment on Monday, held that Lokpobiri’s case was statute barred, having not been filed within the. 14 days allowed under the 4th Alteration Act as contained in Section 285 of the Constitution.

Justice Okoro affirmed a similar judgment earlier given by the Court of Appeal on the issue.

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