A federal high court sitting in Owerri has dismissed a suit filed by a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa state, Chief Timi Alaibe, challenging the nomination of Senator Douye Diri as duly elected candidate of the party.
Chief Alaibe had alleged that the September 3, 2019 PDP primary election, which returned Senator Diri as the standard bearer of the party, did not comply with the constitution of the party. He therefore prayed the court to invalidate the primary election for non compliance with the laid down rules of the party.
In his ruling, Justice Tijjani Ringim, quashed the suit for lacking in merit. He held that the election, which produced Senator Diri, who is now the Governor of Bayelsa State, was valid as it complied with the guidelines of the party.
Counsel to Governor Diri, Mr. Chimezie Ihekwoazu, and that of the fourth respondent, which comprised Local Government Chairmen, the Vice Chairmen and Councillors, Mr. Chuks Uguru, lauded the judgement, noting that the pronouncement of the court had further affirmed Senator Diri as winner of the election. Counsel to the plaintiff (Chief Timi Aliabe) was however not available for comment as he quickly left the court premises after the ruling.