Bayelsa Poll: PDP Debunks Story That Court Nullified Its Guber Primaries
Says court did not even sit let alone deliver judgement
The Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] has debunked reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified its primaries in Bayelsa State on grounds of illegality.
According to the story making rounds on the internet, one of the governorship aspirants, Mr. Timi Alaibe, had approached the Court and alleged that Bayelsa PDP manipulated the primary election in favour of a particular aspirant who eventually emerged as the party’s candidate.
Mr. Alaibe, thus demanded for the cancellation of the result of the election and an Abuja court reportedly nullified the Primaries election ahead of the governorship election coming up tomorrow, November 16.
According to a PDP statement debunking the story and obtained by ElombahNews, however, Bayelsa PDP said:
Arising from the concluded PDP primary, Chief Timi Alaibe instituted a case at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa with SUIT No: FHC/YNG/CS/99/2019 against the PDP and 4 orders.
However, upon the matter coming up for hearing in Yenagoa, Timi Alaibe wrote a petition to the Chief Judge of the federal high court Abuja requesting that the matter be transferred from Yenagoa to abuja for reason insecurity.
Consequently, the case was transferred to abuja for onward reassignment by the Chief Judge who in his wisdom transferred the matter to Owerri Judicial division of the same Court for continuation and by the same Judge who sat on the matter in Yenagoa since there was no personal indictment in their petition on the judge.
On the 8th of November 2019, the matter came up at the Federal High Court, Owerri, for hearing as directed.
However, the matter could not proceed for reason that the service of processes has not been completely exchanged between parties. Consistently, the matter was adjourned again to today 15th November 2019 for final argument.
After the parties left Court on the said date above, again Timi Aleibe wrote another petition against the judge this time alleging that he does not have confidence in the person of the judge.
It was for this reason the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court again directed the Judge Hon. Justice Jane Inyang to respond to the petition against her .
The matter was therefore adjourned indefinitely to enable the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court conclude investigations.
Ordinarily, the matter was to come up for final address and not even judgement as being falsely peddled.
Today, the court did not even sit let alone deliver judgement.