Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has described the Supreme Court ruling striking out a suit challenging his candidature of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 2012 Governorship election, as a victory for democracy, the rule of law, the government and people of Bayelsa State.
Speaking shortly, after the unanimous decision of the Justices of the Supreme Court in Abuja led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, Governor Dickson extolled the Nation’s judiciary for its uprightness and firmness, noting that, it has remained a dependable and reliable component of Nigeria’s democracy.
According to him, the judiciary has continued to uphold the rule of law and provided the needed direction and application of the tenets of democracy, without fear or favour, adding that, with an unbiased judiciary like the one in the country, the nation’s democracy was headed in the right direction.
Also speaking to newsmen, after the Supreme Court ruling, Hon. Kemasuode Wodu, Bayelsa State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, explained that, in the ruling, the court asked former Governor Timipre Sylva to pay a cost of N500, 000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) for wasting the court’s time in pursuing a case that lacks merit and is a complete abuse of judicial process.
The Supreme Court ruling brings to an end, the suit filed by former Governor Sylva challenging the eligibility of Hon. Dickson as the candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the State.
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP has appealed against the purported re-instatement of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the party’s National Secretary.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division had on Thursday, November 7 nullified the Federal High Court ruling which removed Oyinlola as the National Secretary of the PDP.
However, counsel to the PDP, Mr Ajibola Oluyede, told Channels Television Judiciary Correspondent, Shola Soyele, that the Appeal Court’s judgment was based on errors of law and misdirection of facts.
“The party has already filed 3 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court in reaction to the Appeal Court ruling,” he said.
Mr Oluyede also explained that contrary to the impression created in the media, “the Appeal Court ruling does not imply a reinstatement of Prince Oyinlola.”
In an earlier interview with Channels Television, Oyinlola said: “It is the right of the PDP to go to the upper court, but I don’t think that will change the fact of the case. We will all go there to present our cases before the Supreme Court and I have no doubt in my mind that justice will equally be served at the Supreme Court.”
Former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has reacted to the judgment given by the Court Of Appeal sitting in Abuja that invalidated his sack as the National Secretary of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to Channels Television correspondent in Osun State, Prince Oyinlola described the ruling as a demonstration of fairness, justice and equity.
“If you look at the genesis of the whole thing, the INEC that witnessed the convention of last year declared that 4 of the members of the National Working Committee had their elections duly conducted and that has to do with the Chairman, The Secretary, Financial Secretary and the Treasurer.”
“So if the umpire has so declared, I don’t see how anybody else would say things have not been done appropriately.”
Speaking further, he also restated his confidence at getting a favourable judgment should the PDP decide to take the case up to the Supreme Court.
He said, “It is the right of the PDP to go to the upper court but I don’t think that will change the fact of the case, we will all go there to present our cases before the Supreme Court and I have no doubt in my mind that justice will equally be served at the Supreme Court.”
He commended the reforms in the Nigerian judiciary, saying that the judgment shows that all is not lost.
Ahead of the planned Kwara state local government elections billed to hold on Saturday 26th October, an Ilorin High Court presided over by Justice Suleiman Kawu has failed to grant an injunction by the All Progressives Congress (APC), stopping the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) from conducting election into the remaining fifteen local government areas in Kwara state, alleging illegality, when a matter challenging the validity, legality and the constitutionality of the proposed election is pending before the court for determination.
Defendants in the suit were the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) and other participating political parties in the election namely, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), and Independent Democrats (ID).
Delivering the judgement that lasted nearly an hour, Justice Suleiman Kawu ruled that all the basic factors that ought to be satisfied in the applications were not satisfied whereas on the other side, the balance of convenience is heavily on the side of KWASIEC as well as the PDP.
He then stressed that the party had refused to act promptly having being served notice of election by KWASIEC sometime in May this year, and then declared the suit as lacking merit, hence the dismissal of the case, ruling that the proposed local government elections fixed for tomorrow must go on as planned.
Reacting to the ruling, the Interim State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shola Iji lamented that the ruling will disenfranchise his members from exercising their civil rights.
Reacting to the court judgement, the counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abdulwahab Bamidele said the affidavit of the applicant is barren, naked, bare and without substance, and that they cannot expect justice from a self-created urgency.