Governorship aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Timi Alaibe, yesterday withdrew his suit against the state governor, Senator Duoye Diri at the Supreme Court.
The suit challenging the participation of two delegates who voted in the primary that produced Senator Duoye as the candidate before emerging as the governor of Bayelsa State was consequently dismissed.
A 5-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour dismissed the appeal, even as it held that the issue of election of party’s candidate an internal affair of a political party.
Alaibe’s lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), withdrew the appeal after the apex court justices told him that the issues raised in the appeal were not about the primary election but about an internal affair of the party.
According to Adedipe, “My Lords, at this level, I can’t pretend not to see the handwriting on the wall in view of the position of the panel, which held that the case was an internal matter of the party.
“In view of my Lords’ observation and X-raying of the case, I apply for the withdrawal of the appeal”, Adedipe told the court.
Following his application and the non-objection by respondents in the matter, the panel of justices of the apex court that heard the appeal, unanimously struck out the appeal.
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.