Bayelsa court rules in favour of Seriake Dickson over PDP primary election

On Tuesday, the Bayelsa High Court in Yenagoa declined jurisdiction in a lawsuit filed by some People’s Democratic Party (PDP) delegates in the state seeking an order to authenticate their participation in the primaries of the state’s governorship election.

The court also struck out a suit seeking to stop the newly elected 105 local government council chairpersons, their deputies and councillors as ad hoc delegates of the party.

Justice E.G Umukoro delivering his ruling, said: “Because the case is a pre-primary matter involving a political party, the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“Someone can only claim to be an aspirant only if such person has taken part in a political party primary conducted by the party’s national leadership.

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“And considering the case before me, the applicants and claimants are not aspirants yet, and therefore the court has no jurisdiction.

“It is not the business of the court to dabble into political or domestic issues.

“In the light of the foregoing, this court is not interested and hereby strike out the case because the matter is an internal party affair.

“And all parties in the suit should consult their party constitution and do what they think is right for them.

“I, therefore, strike out the suit seeking to authenticate the newly elected council chairmen and councillors as delegates for the primaries today,” the judge held.

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