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HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON v. CHIEF TIMIPRE MARLIN SYLVA & ORS

(2016) LPELR-41257(SC)

In The Supreme Court of Nigeria

On Wednesday, the 20th day of July, 2016

SC.518/2016


Before Their Lordships

SULEIMAN GALADIMA Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

OLABODE RHODES-VIVOUR Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

NWALI SYLVESTER NGWUTA Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

CLARA BATA OGUNBIYI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria


Between

HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON - Appellant(s)

AND

1. CHIEF TIMIPRE MARLIN SYLVA
2. ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC)
3. THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC)
4. PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) - Respondent(s)


Summary

INTRODUCTION:
This is an interlocutory appeal

FACTS:
The third respondent in this appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (%u201CINEC%u201D for short), conducted elections into the office of the Governor of Bayelsa State on December 5 and 6, 2015 and January 9, 2016. While the second respondent herein, All Progressives Congress (A.P.C.), sponsored the candidature of the first respondent, Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva; the appellant, in this appeal, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, contested the said election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (P.D.P.), the fourth respondent in this appeal.

Irked by INEC's declaration of the due return

1

and due election of the appellant in the said election, the first and second respondents (as petitioners) repaired to the Trial Tribunal with their petition wherein they challenged the election and declaration of the appellant as the duly elected Governor of Bayelsa State.
ISSUES:

DECISION/HELD:


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