The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a suit challenging the eligibility of the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, for the 2012 governorship election in the state.
The court dismissed the suit in a unanimous judgement led by Justice Mahmoud Mohammed.
The case was filed by Mr. Dickson’s predecessor, Timipre Sylva.
He had also in June 2013 lost in a Federal High Court in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, which said his suit was an abuse of court process.
In January 2014, the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, dismissed Mr. Sylva’s appeal, for lack of jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Messrs. Dickson and Sylva were both members of the Peoples Democratic Party before the latter defected to the All Progressives Congress.
Meanwhile, Mr. Dickson has hailed the decision the Supreme Court, describing it as “a victory for democracy, the rule of law, the government and the people of Bayelsa State”.
The governor, who spoke shortly after the unanimous decision of the justices of the court in Abuja, extolled the nation’s judiciary for its uprightness and firmness.
He noted that, it has remained a dependable and reliable component of Nigeria’s democracy.
According to Mr. Dickson, the judiciary had continued to uphold the rule of law and provided the needed direction and application of the tenets of democracy, without fear or favour.
He stressed that with an unbiased judiciary like the one in the country, the nation’s democracy was headed in the right direction.
The governor used the occasion to thank the people of Bayelsa State for their continued prayers, support and kind wishes for his administration and rededicated himself to the service of the state and the delivery of the dividends of democracy.