The court of appeal sitting in Owerri, Imo state, has dismissed an appeal filed by Ndutimi Alaibe challenging the emergence of Douye Diri as the winner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary election in Bayelsa.
Alaibe, who was also a governorship aspirant of the PDP for the 2019 election, had instituted a suit against the party, Diri and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the federal high court in Owerri.
The Court which on Tuesday affirmed the judgment of the lower court, dismissed the suit for lacking merit.
Recall that Diri was on February 13, pronounced as Bayelsa state Governor after the Supreme Court sacked David Lyon less than 24 hours before his inauguration as Governor of the state following the disqualification of his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, for submitting forged credentials with multiple names to INEC.
A High Court judge Tijjani Ringim, had on March 10, dismissed Alaibe’s suit for lacking merit.
Not satisfied with the ruling, Alaibe proceeded to the Court of Appeal.