Supreme Court dismisses Alaibe’s suit against Diri

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal filed by Timi Alaibe, a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State.

Alaibe, a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, was challenging the gubernatorial primary of the part which produced Governor Duoye Diri as its candidate in the 2019 election.

Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour who led a five-man panel of the apex court dismissed the appeal.

Alaibe’s lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, withdrew the appeal after the panel members pointed his attention to the fact that the issues raised in the appeal were not about the primary election but about an internal affair of the party, Punch reported.

Alaibe, who had lost the suit at both the Federal High Court in Owerri and the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, had in the suit challenged the participation of two delegates who voted in the primary that produced Diri as the party’s candidate.

In the preliminary inquiry preceding the hearing on Tuesday, the Justice Rhodes-Vivour panel informed Adedipe that his case could not be categorised as a pre-election case that a court could entertain but about an internal affair of the party which the court lacked jurisdiction to hear.

Adedipe then withdrew the suit and was struck out by the court.