Bight Newspaper learnt that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 11, 2023 poll in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has laid a dramatic accusation of being bias and unfair hearing on the Bayelsa State election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Bight Newspaper gathered that he has consequently written a petition to President of the Court of Appeal requesting the disbandment of the tribunal.

Sylva alongside his party had last week Wednesday closed their case challenging the victory of Governor Douye Diri in the November election.

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The APC candidate called 52 witnesses, including a former Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Tolani Alausa, and the party’s chairman, Chief Dennis Otiotio, who testified before the tribunal.

Upon the resumption of hearing on Monday for Governor Diri and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to open their defence, Sylva’s counsel informed the tribunal that a petition had been submitted to the Appeal Court president alleging bias against the chairman, Justice Adekunle Adeleye, and the panel members.

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The matter was consequently adjourned indefinitely pending the decision of the appellate court president.

Addressing newsmen, Governor Diri’s counsel, Mr. Chris Uche SAN, condemned the action of the plaintiffs as unprofessional and that the allegation against the panel members was unfounded.

“We strongly condemn the unprofessional act of writing such unmeritorious petitions simply because a party cognizant of the obvious weakness of his case and likelihood of failure because of want of evidence, looks for a scapegoat.

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“The unfounded allegations are most uncharitable, and unfortunate, and the timing nothing but proof of the unseriousness of the petitioner to proceed with his case. We had asked for the petition to be dismissed.” Uche said.

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