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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has fixed today, Monday to hear the appeal filed by the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson, against a suit seeking his disqualification from contesting the concluded Bayelsa West senatorial election.
Law TV reports that the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, had on January 7, 2021 ruled that the disqualification suit against Dickson was not statute barred and should be given accelerated hearing by the Federal High Court.
The three-man panel of the court disagreed with the Federal High Court’s decision to dismiss the matter, saying the judgment of the lower court was wrong.
The panel presided over by Justice U. Onyemenam, explained the appeal was based on whether by the provisions of Section of the Electoral Act and Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the originating process of the applicant was statute barred.
He, however, said the suit was filed within 14 days beginning from the publication of the particulars of the candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
But Dickson approached the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the judgment of the Court of Appeal.