Timi Alaibe withdraws Supreme Court suit against Governor Diri

Timi Alaibe

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State Timi Alaibe on Tuesday withdrew his appeal at the Supreme Court against lower court judgements on the emergence of Governor Duoye Diri as the party’s candidate in last year’s Bayelsa polls.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour dismissed the appeal following withdrawal.

Mr Alaibe’s lawyer, 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.

Alaibe had lost the suit at both the Federal High Court in Owerri and the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt.

In the suit, the former managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) 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.