Former Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has lost in his bid to stop a suit seeking his disqualification in the December 5, 2020 senatorial election.
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 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, presided by Hon. Justice J. Inyang that dismissed the case.
Dickson was declared winner of that election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which announced that the former governor scored 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 the court disagreed with the ruling of a Federal High Court in Yengoa, Bayelsa State, which had dismissed the matter, saying the judgement of the lower court was wrong.
The panel 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 sitting in Yenagoa. The appellate court agreed with the appellant 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.
The appellant is seeking Dickson’s disqualification and removal from the Senate.