Bayelsa West Senatorial Election: Former Governor Dickson Loses Appeal!

Senator. Seriake Dickson.

This is certainly not the best of times for former Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson who has lost his bid to stop a suit seeking his disqualification in the December 5, 2020 Senatorial election in Bayelsa State.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday ruled that the former Governor has a case to answer against an earlier ruling by a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, presided by Hon. Justice J. Inyang that dismissed the case.

Hon. Dickson was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) which announced that he polled a total of 115,257 votes against Peremobowei Ebebi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) his closest rival, who garnered 17,541 votes.

The three-man panel of Justices disagreed with the ruling of a Federal High Court, Yengoa, which had dismissed the matter as they insisted that the judgement of the lower Court was wrong.

The panel of Justices presided over by Justice U. Onyemenam, ordered the suit to be reassigned to another Federal High Court Judge.

The Appellant, Owoupele Eneoriekumoh, not satisfied with the Federal High Court ruling through his lawyers, Pius Danba Pius and Ebikebuna Augustine Aluzu, approached the Court of Appeal seeking to set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court.

The Appellate Court agreed with the appellant’s lawyers after faulting the judgement of Inyang and eventually overturned that judgment.

Justice Onyemenam held that the lower Court dismissed the matter in grave error.

Dickson, who had been sworn-in at the National Assembly to represent the Bayelsa West, had been compelled by the judgement to go and open his defence at the Federal High Court.

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The appellant is seeking Dickson’s disqualification and removal from the Senate.

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