With the Supreme Court set to hear the application of review of its court judgement on the case instituted by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, against the All Progressives Congress (APC), there is anxiety in the state as to the outcome.
Lokpobiri, a former Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, and governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State, had dragged the APC and Chief David Lyon to court arguing that he should be declared the governorship candidate of the party.
The supreme court had on Tuesday, February 11th, dismissed Lokpobiri ‘s appeal filed at the apex court, praying it to upturn the court of appeal judgment which affirmed Lyon as the governorship candidate of the APC.
A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Mary Peter Odili had unanimously dismissed the appeal filed Lokpobiri.
Justice Inyang Okoro, who delivered the lead ruling affirmed on January 11th, 2020, the judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, which held that Lokpobiri’s suit challenging Lyon’s victory in the September 4 primary election was filed out of time.
Lokpobiri had through his counsel approached the apex court with an application calling for a review of the February 11th judgment.
A notice sent out by one Ukor Michael Akan on behalf of the Hon Chief Registrar to all the parties indicated that the application for review would be heard today, Tuesday, March 24th.
“Please kindly note that your case SC/CV/35/2020, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri VS All Progressives Congress is slated for Tuesday 24/03/2020/,” it read.
Investigation revealed that the call for review is causing ripples as Lokpobiri has refused all entreaties by PDP leaders in the state to drop.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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