By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagoa
Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development has approached the supreme court to set aside its ruling on suit numbered SC/35/2020 which was delivered on 11th of February, 2020 over the pre-election dispute over the authentic bearer of the APC flag bearer in Bayelsa.
DailyWatch gathered that the fresh application filed by Senator Lokpobiri is dated 18th of May, 2020 and asking the Supreme to set aside its initial ruling and take a fresh look at his prayers.
The Supreme Court had on February 11 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 by Lokpobiri.
Justice Inyang Okoro who delivered the lead ruling affirmed the January 11 2020 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 11 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 held on Tuesday March 24.
“Please kindly note that your case SC/CV/35/2020, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri VS All Progressives Congress is slated for Tuesday 24/03/2020/.
But the closure of courts by the Chief Justice of the Federation over the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic stalled the hearing on the application.
It was gathered also that the move by Senator Lokpobiri is however being allegedly frustrated by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.
It was gathered that a counter application has been filed through Chief Timipre Sylva directive to frustrate Senator Lokpobiri. The counter application was filed on the 1st of June, 2020.
The action was reportedly against the decision of the National Executive of the All Progressive Congress (APC).