The Supreme Court will on Monday (today) deliver a judgment on the legal battle between the Peoples Democratic Party and the Change Advocacy Party over the victory of the PDP’s candidates Seriake Dickson, in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State.
CAP has been in court challenging the emergence of Dickson who won the February 11 governorship election, insisting that he was not a candidate of PDP for the election.
But CAP had lost its case at the tribunal and the Court of Appeal which dismissed it as lacking in merit. CAP and its governorship candidate in the state, Imoro Kabi, had taken their matter to the apex court asking the court to rule in their favour.
Few days to the judgment, there had been an allegation by the party’s acting Chairman, Mr.Deme Kolomo, that the legal team of CAP was being sponsored by the former Governor of the state, Mr. Timiprey Sylva. But the allegation was debunked by the Campaign Director of the Kubor Governorship Team, Mr. Koku Garigha.”
Garigha said, “For the avoidance of doubt and to set the record straight, we make bold to say that neither our party nor the campaign organisation has ever communicated nor received any form of assistance from Sylva.
“Our case before the supreme court is anchored on the clear principles of justice and we believe that on a proper construction and appreciation of the extant laws of our nation and the electoral laws.”
But the crisis deepened and led to the suspension of Kolomo shortly after he announced his decision to withdraw his support for the party’s court case.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspended chairman had led a faction of the party to declare support for Dickson, leading to speculation that Kolomo had planned to defect to PDP with his loyalists.
The national leadership of CAP was said to have suspended Kolomo over allegations of anti-party activities and gross misconduct. He was said to have behaved in a manner capable of jeopardising the party’s ongoing legal battle against the victory of the PDP.
CAP in a letter signed by its National Secretary, Mike Omohimua, said kolomo had been suspended indefinitely from the party for alleged gross misconduct,lukewarm attitude and anti-party activities. But Kolomo insisted that he remained the acting Chairman of the party since he had yet to resign his membership of the party.
He also denied allegations of receiving financial inducement from the state government to withdraw his support for the gubernatorial candidate of CAP.