The suit filed by Timi Alaibe to upturn the Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries which made Governor Douoye Diri emerge as the candidate of the party in December 2019 has just been dismissed by Justice G.T Rinjim of the Federal High Court.
Justice Ringim ruled that the plaintiff failed to prove that the governorship primary conducted on September 30, 2019, failed to comply with provisions of the PDP constitution and the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
He further added that the decision of the party congress to elect delegates for the primary election is solely the responsibility of the party so far as it does not contradict the constitution of the party.
Chimezie Ihekwuazu, Diri’s counsel, expressed satisfaction over the judgement.
“We must commend the patience of the court to determine this matter having been assigned at short notice to ensure the matter was determined within the statutory period.
‘'For us as, we are satisfied with the judgment of the court. So, we commend the court’s industry and courage to do justice to the case based on fact and justice of the case,” he said.
Diri, who spoke when PDP caucus of the House of Representatives visited him, said the Federal Government, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies should ensure free, fair and credible poll when the election is conducted.