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Supreme court upholds Lyon’s victory

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by former Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri against the election for lacking in merit.

A five-man panel in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, held that the lower court was right in its decision as plaintiff filed his petition outside 14 days allowed by law.

The Apex court says that the cause of action complained about by Senator Lokpobiri took place on the 4th of September 2019 and not 7th as claimed in his petition which was clearly filed out of time.

Former Minister of State for Agriculture had approached the Supreme Court claiming that he is the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bayelsa governorship primaries which held on September 4, 2019.

He claimed that the party wrongly gave the ticket to Lyon who eventually contested and won the governorship election.

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